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Kathrina Mendez

Lecturer/Supervisor of Elementary Education

Kathrina Mendez (she/her/hers) holds a B.A. in Human Development, a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, a M.Ed, and a Reading and Literacy Added Authorization, all earned from the University of California, San Diego. She served as a general education teacher and language arts specialist in grades K-6 in the National School District for 18 years.

Kathrina's relationship with UCSD’s Partners at Learning at EDS began in 2003 as a PAL mentor and teaching assistant. After receiving her credential in 2005, she fulfilled a dual role of cooperating teacher and guide teacher for EDS. In 2022, she transitioned to the Teacher Education Program faculty full time. Kathrina currently supervises multiple subject credential candidates and instructs undergraduate PAL courses, language arts methods, and seminar courses.

Since 2011, Kathrina has been a Teacher Leader with the California Reading and Literature Project (CRLP) at UCSD CREATE. She collaborates with fellow educators to design, develop, and facilitate literacy and social justice-focused professional learning experiences. As a transformational coach, she also supports teachers, specialists, and administrators across multiple districts.

Kathrina is deeply committed to supporting historically underrepresented students and educators through culturally responsive pedagogy, mentorship programs, coaching partnerships, and continuous professional learning. An active board member of the Teaching and Learning Collaborative, she partners with local organizations to establish educational grants and co-facilitates complimentary professional growth sessions for educators.

Beyond the classroom, Kathrina finds joy in practicing yoga, exploring new places, reading books, and indulging in culinary experiences. She cherishes moments spent cooking and sharing laughter with her husband, two children, and loved ones.