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Teacher’s Pet: Mr. Jose Mendoza ’88 enjoys family, remembers time before social media

By Chase Manson ‘16
THE ROUNDUP

Mr. O’Neil’s question from last month: “In the history of recorded time what is your favorite era?”

Definitely the time before social media, I think what you see now is different human interaction. People don’t really know how to talk to people. Growing up there was always that one on one relationship. I think that’s one of negative things of having virtual friends.

So what languages do you speak?

I am fluent in Spanish and English. I can understand Portuguese and comprehend some Italian. All the Romance languages are all beautiful and interconnected.

If you could speak another language what would it be?

I would love to speak and understand Mandarin Chinese. It’s an important language to learn since China has such an influence on everything, especially the United States.

What are some of your hobbies?

I enjoy coaching and even coaching full time. I would also say family. Family is really my life. I spend time with my children and my extended family.  Family is the center of my existence. We do several things such as family vacations and various get-togethers. Family has always been the center since my childhood.

Where do you go on family vacations?

Mexico most of the time. We vacation a lot in California, Florida and couple other states. We really love San Diego to escape the heat. We often travel within the state and we go to northern Arizona a lot.  

So you recently went on the Guatemala immersion trip, how was that?

Wonderful. I had wanted to go for years but it was hard to leave my young kids and a family. I always wanted to go especially since Mr. Andy Schmidbauer ’88 leads it.

Did you learn anything?

Yes, of course. It was eye opening for sure. It made me feel very grateful for all that I have. Spending time with the orphans made me think of my own kids and I was able to really bring back some good stuff for them. Show them that they are fortunate and blessed to have all that they do.

You mention your kids a lot, what do you do with them?

I love coaching them. They are involved in band, choir and ballet folklorico, a Mexican style of dance. I love to go to all of those things and really support them. I love to support  them in all that they do. I also like to do a lot of outdoors things. I really try to limit electronics.  

What is your favorite food?

A Green chile and bean mixed burrito from Rito’s, double wrapped with a Mexican Coke. There has to be Mexican Coke, though.

Would you like to propose a question for the next edition of Teacher’s Pet?

With the recent historic Powerball news what would you do if you won the Powerball? I think this question is telling of character.