Sarah Mendez has served as the principal of Hatch Elementary School since July 2015.
Prior to joining Hatch, Mendez served as the principal of Nichols Middle School in Evanston/Skokie District 65 for five years. She held several other positions in the district from 2005 to 2010, including the bilingual/ESL coordinator from 2007 to 2010, interim assistant principal for Washington Elementary School in 2007 and fifth grade dual language bilingual teacher from 2005 to 2007. She was also a seventh and eighth grade math and reading teacher in Chicago Public Schools from 2002 to 2005.
Mendez has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from DePaul University and a master’s degree in school leadership from Concordia University Chicago.
Mendez currently resides in Chicago with her husband Carlos and their three children, Matthew, Elena and Emily.