Ed Mendez has served in various capacities at Alta Vista Charter High School in Kansas City, Missouri, since August of 1999.  He spent the first four years (1999- 2003) as a Social Studies teacher while completing the Alternative Teaching Certification Program through the University of Central Missouri. During the next three years, he served as an At-Risk Coordinator working closely with parents and students who were on the verge of dropping out and utilized interventions to keep students in school.  Also during this time, Ed completed his Masters of Science in Education (MSE) in School Administration through UCM.  For the past five years, he has been the principal of the school.    

Prior to changing careers into the field of education, Ed received his Bachelors of Business Administration (BBA) degree from UMKC and worked for GE Capital Financial Services for 3 years following graduation.  He then realized his true calling was in helping the urban youth of Kansas City achieve personal and academic success.

   
This will be Elda's sixth year at Alta Vista. She has a degree in Pre-Art Therapy from Kansas State University and is working towards a Master's in Urban Education at the University of Missouri - Kansas City. She likes spending time with her family and friends and loves art.
   
Ms. Vera has been with Alta Vista for 3 years. Among other administartive duties, she coordinates with Alta Vista's parents to help them become more involved in the education of their children. Born and raised in Peru, Ms. Vera enjoys literature, cooking and traveling.
   
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This is Jana's first year at Alta Vista. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Truman State University and a Masters of Education from the University of Central Missouri. Jana is currently working on her Education Specialist Degree. She will be serving as the Literacy Coach at both the Middle School and High School, as well as, teaching a Reading Class. Jana loves to play tennis and read. Click here to visit Ms. Cooper's class. Click here to visit the AV Professional Development website.