Welcome To Mendez’s Virtual Space
Name: Joseph Moya-Mendez
My Classroom Mission
As an educator and artist, I look to accomplish three important tasks:
The first is to expose my students to diverse ideas, theories and techniques in the art world. By applying these taught concepts they will be able to articulate their individual identities, while accepting other's views, and gain a sense of cultural identity as well.
The second is to influence my students to think in multiple dimensions using their imaginations as tools for innovation. This is the central, most important matter in developing and maintaining both economic prosperity and advancing our human civilization.
The third is to encourage my students to embrace change. Change is an emancipator, in that it allows for those who are both creative and willing enough, to develop into an individual who has a more fulfilled life. Change allows us to know more, to feel more and become more, all at once, while bettering our local and global communities.
Class Rules and Expectations
1. Respect yourself, others and inanimate stuff [This means don’t lower your standards, talk down to others, carve into the tables, etc.]
2. Follow directions the first time they are given
3. Exercise professional etiquette at all times [Speak appropriately using correct grammar, employ proper manners, do not whine, etc.
4. Keep your voice to an inside working level [This is common courtesy to others around you]
5. Come to class on time with all required materials and begin working immediately
All school rules that are listed in the handbook are also to be followed in and around my classroom. Those listed above are simply an amalgamation of multiple policies rolled together and simplified.
Other Class Policies
1. A seating chart is implemented in my class, and it will be followed throughout the year.
2. When the teacher is speaking or announcements are being made, nobody else is creating any sound. It’s a discourtesy to others to keep them from learning or being notified.
3. Assignments have due dates, but I am lenient. It is the student’s responsibility to come prepared. If there is ever an issue that will affect their education or grade, they need to speak with me immediately. I am easy to work with.
4. It is the student’s responsibility to ask about make-up work when they are absent. I am happy to stay after school every day to allow students extra time to finish class work (except Friday).
5. No food or beverages are allowed in the class unless prior permission is given or a medical note is provided.
6. The bell does not dismiss the students! The teacher dismisses the students.
7. Come to class with an open mind, explore your creative capacities, and always speak up! No question asked sincerely is ever a dumb question.
Welcome to my “About Me” section!
My name is Joseph Lawrence Moya-Mendez and I’m a narcissist, hyper-active and a Capricorn. That means I’m responsible, patient, geared toward leadership and achievement, and very creative. This is my second year at West Iredell Middle School. I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (Magna Cum Laude!) with a Bachelor of Arts and K-12 Licensure.
I’ve been married to my loving, supportive wife, Carol Ann, for 4.5 years. Our children’s names are Livia (terrier),Linkavich “Kit Kat” Skarrett (domestic cat) and Nigel Soladu (bunny). We live in Huntersville currently, but hope to move closer to Statesville in the coming year. My hobbies include reading (Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Philip K. Dick novels, etc.), playing the piano and drums, disc golf and tennis, and of course FPS’s (Halo 4, MW3 and Battlefield 3). And of course making Art!
I’m highly dedicated to the profession and to making sure that your children grow to become happy, productive, resourceful, educated and responsible contributors to our ever-expanding global society.