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Mendez-Hernandez, Santiago

Dean for Puerto Rico Campus and Director of Hispanic Initiatives
Senior Instructor
Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico
Mathematics and school administration faculty
Puerto Rico
School Affiliation

Cambridge College School of Education

Academic Focus

Research, teaching methodology

Community Involvement
  • Rotary International
  • Iniciativa Comunitaria de Puerto Rico - allied
Courses Taught
  • MAT 635 - Applied Mathematics
  • EME 691-693 - Professional Seminar, Mathematics
  • EAD 691-693 - Professional Seminar, School Administration
  • MAT 623 - Teaching Numeric and Geometric Structures

Ed.D. - Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico
M.Ed. - Cambridge College - Mathematics
M.A. - Interamerican University of Puerto Rico - education
B.A. - University of Puerto Rico - psychology

Professional Credentials

  • Certified secondary school math teacher
  • Certified elementary school teacher
  • Certified community economic development specialist

As a humanistic and pragmatic passionate educator, this professor believes in education as a drive for human beings to reach their goals in life.

Professional Experience
  • Math professor for private and public secondary schools and higher education institutions
  • Pedagogy professor at higher education institutions
  • School director
  • School district superintendent
  • Economic development specialist
  • External evaluator of educative projects
  • Commissioner for accreditation of private institutions
Awards & Recognitions
  • Service leader, Rotary International
  • Highest score, Teacher certification exam   
  • Overcoming award, Lions International at San Antonio
  • Work expectative over passed recognition, Programa de Apoyo y Enlace Comunitario, Inc.
  • Poly Exalumni Medal Nominee, Graduate educational program, Interamerican University at Aguadilla
  • Year employee, Programa de Apoyo y Enlace Comunitario, Inc.
  • Academic excelence recognition, Graduate educational program, Interamerican University at San Germán
  • Excellence teacher recognition, Lions International at Mayaguez
Research & Publications
  • Book review: The student at the Center (Kallick & Zmuda, 2017)
  • Rol de la Universidad en tiempos de crisis - El Nuevo Día Editorial
  • Students' perceptions of secondary math teacher’s instructional leadership - Cambridge College
  • Knowledge and use of teacher induction techniques - Educational Leadership (on consideration process) - Horizontes Magazine
  • Puertorrican school director qualities - Inter newsletter
  • Selfsteem of Puerto Rico western side individuals - Vision newsletter
  • Gente de Hoy TV moderator  - WOLE TV
Selected Presentations
  • Attitude change in a changing educative scenario
  • Nontraditional educative strategies
  • Planning with the UBD model
Professional Memberships & Affiliations
  • Rotary International Club, Guaynabo
  • Online Learning Consortium
  • Puerto Rico Association of Private Education
  • External collaborator of statistics for the Teacher and Director Evaluation Program, Puerto Rico Department of Education
  • Comprehensive doctoral exam coach, several Puerto Rico universities
  • Inmates motivator, Puerto Rico Correctional and Rehabilitation Department
  • Vice-President of Lions International, San Antonio, Aguadilla, Puerto Rico
  • Volunteer Project for the coordination of rehab services for drug addicts           
  • Curricular development and supervision association
  • Math teacher Association
  • Psychology Students Association, University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez