Mrs. Zenaida Mendoza-López



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Mrs. Zenaida Mendoza-López


This will be my 4th year teaching Spanish at Folsom Middle.  I joined FMS in 2015 and have been the sole world language teacher.  I love working with students and strive to share my passion everyday.  I listened to both Spanish and English at home growing up and not until I was in high school did I formally learn Spanish academically.  During my time at UC Davis, I was attracted to other world languages: French and Italian.  One trimester I was enrolled in English, Spanish, French, and Italian and that was the most confusing time ever!  Even though I was challenged, I realized that communication in a variety of different languages was my future.  My goal is to give my students the best possible strategies to learn Spanish and never forget it.  So I hope to instill in all of you my constant love for language learning.

I hold a Bachelor's Degree in Spanish with emphasis in Latin American Literature & Spanish Theatre, a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, and a Single Subject Teaching Credential in Spanish.  

My other passion is theatre!  I have been fortunate enough to have directed 7 productions to date for students in grades 3-8.  In 2015, with the initial financial support of our wonderful PTO, the Visual & Performing Arts Club has been able to put on yearly theatrical productions for students interested in participating and learning all aspects of theatre.  Our club at FMS has staged Disney's Beauty & the Beast Jr., Aladdin Jr., and The Lion King Jr. so far.  I look forward in directing more productions.  

Lastly, I am part of a wonderful family:  my husband Carlos, and our three teenagers Alondra, Anahí, and Alex enjoy working and/or attending schools in Folsom.  We love traveling up and down California and abroad, going on long walks, hiking the Sierras, having outdoor BBQ's with family, and watching movies and TV shows on Netflix.