Department of Defense Education Activity

Principal's Message

Welcome to Joan K. Mendel Elementary School! Our Mendel ES Team proudly serves the children of our armed service members and civilian support families on Yokota Air Base. We are committed to working collaboratively with our parents, the base command, and community stakeholders in order to provide a safe and nurturing educational environment, which is aligned with the DoDEA College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS).

We are excited to embark on another meaningful, enjoyable, valuable, and challenging school year. Mrs. Winder and I wholeheartedly believe learning can, and should, be fun! We also believe all students need to feel safe, valued, and respected unconditionally every day.

I am absolutely elated to serve as the Principal of Mendel Elementary School. I consider myself to be a highly energetic, visible, and student-centered leader. I am also extremely grateful to have the opportunity to work alongside Ms. Winder, the Mendel ES Assistant Principal. Ms. Winder and I are a highly energetic team and are committed to serving all our students, staff members, families, and stakeholders.

We are hopeful you will have the opportunity to become actively involved within our school community. We always welcome volunteers, when permitted, in our building. We also welcome and encourage families, the base command, and community stakeholders to actively participate in our Continuous School Improvement (CSI) process, School Advisory Council (SAC) Meetings, and attending school-wide activities and events.

The staff and administration at Mendel ES are committed to differentiating the learning opportunities and experiences for all students, while also providing all students with technology-rich, 21st Century educational learning opportunities and experiences.

We truly believe that we, our students, staff, families, and stakeholders, are one big team. Therefore, we want to ensure we do our part as members of the Mendel ES team to make this school year as memorable and enjoyable as possible for all members of our team.

As the Principal of Mendel Elementary School, I will remain steadfast in ensuring we, the Mendel ES Team, continue doing everything we can to maximize the learning experiences and opportunities for all students. Mrs. Winder and I have an open-door policy and will always find time to address any questions, comments, or concerns you may have throughout the school year.

You are always welcome. Once a Panda, always a Panda!

DoDEA/Mendel ES Mission - Educate, Engage, and Empower military-connected students to succeed in a dynamic world.

DoDEA/Mendel ES Vision - Excellence in Education for Every Student, Every Day, Everywhere.

With Panda Pride,     

Joan K. Mendel Elementary School