Joe I. Mendoza, currently the Director of the Special Populations Educational Support Dept., for the Ventura County Office of Education, with 58 years of service to education, has inspired and motivated thousands of children who are now parents and professionals, many of them teachers. In some cases, Mr. Mendoza’s students are now grandparents who are in turn, motivating their grandchildren to become educators or invest their time and effort in education. He has taught the elementary, middle school, high school, and university levels and served as principal, assistant superintendent, and superintendent.
Mr. Mendoza’s lifetime dedication to education has been recognized locally, statewide, nationally and internationally. His awards are too numerous to mention, but to name a few. He is the recipient of the Outstanding Educator Lifetime Achievement Awards from the following: the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC); The California State Assembly; the County of Ventura Board of Supervisors; the City of the Port of Hueneme; and the El Concilio Del Condado de Ventura Latino Leadership Award.
He has also received a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition and received the OHTLI Award, the highest recognition bestowed by the government of Mexico to a Mexican citizen or a person of Mexican descent living abroad, from the Secretaria de Relaciones Exteriores, “On Behalf of the President of Mexico, Vicente Fox, for Outstanding Service to Migrant Students and Parents.”