Cynthia Mendoza has taught 3rd and 4th grade at Heritage Elementary since 2016. She began teaching 12 years ago after receiving her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Northern Arizona University. In 2015, she received her master’s degree in early childhood education from Arizona State University.
Ms. Mendoza has coached soccer, after-school reading clubs, and has led student council. Her educational philosophy is that all children can learn in their own unique way. Her passion for teaching has led her to remain in the field of education, where she helps guide children to a better future.
One of Ms. Mendoza’s favorite quotes is, “If a child can’t learn in the way we teach, we must teach in a way the child can learn.” – Unknown
Bradley Mitchell has taught 7th and 8th grade math at Heritage Elementary since 2013. An educator for over 15 years, Mr. Mitchell began teaching upon receiving his bachelor’s degree in mathematics. He served as the ISC coordinator at Millennium High School in Goodyear, and has coached football, basketball, and softball. He has also been co-sponsor of the National Honor Society.
Dominica Thornton has been an educator for over 13 years. She received her Bachelors of Science in Education from the State University of New York at Oswego in 2010. She received her Masters of Science in Education from the State University of New York at Cortland in 2013. Throughout her teaching career; she has taught in both New York and Arizona. Ms. Thornton joined the Heritage family in 2017. While at Heritage, she has taught 3rd grade and K-8 EL. She has also served as the Title 1 coordinator, Child Find coordinator and Instructional Coach at Heritage Elementary School.