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On March 18, the District 65 School Board formalized the appointment of Carlos Mendez as the principal for Dr. Bessie Rhodes Magnet School. Mr. Mendez has been serving as interim principal since the beginning of the school year.

“During his initial year at the school, Mr. Mendez has embraced parents, teachers and students as an instructional leader and advocate for the school,” said Superintendent Hardy Murphy.

Before becoming the interim principal at Bessie Rhodes, Mr. Mendez was an assistant principal at Haven Middle School. Before coming to the District in 2011, he served as Assistant Principal at Albany Park Muticultural Academy in Chicago from 2007 through 2011.

Mr. Mendez holds a master of arts degree in school leadership from Concordia University, a master of arts degree in urban teaching from Columbia College, and a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Florida International University.