• Principal
    Mrs. Keri Mendez
    Ms. Keri Mendez

    Keri Mendez grew up in Evanston, attending both Orrington and Haven.  Ms. Mendez has spent the past 16 years working as a teacher, instructional coach, and most recently as an administrator in both public and private schools in the Chicago area.   Ms. Mendez has a B.S. in Elementary Education, a Masters in Reading, and a M.Ed in School Administration.  She is excited to be back with the Evanston/Skokie community and looks forward to a great year at Bessie Rhodes!


    Keri Mendez creció en Evanston, asistió como estudiante a Orrington y a Haven. La Sra. Mendez ha pasado los últimos 16 añostrabajando como maestra, asesora de instrucción y, más recientemente, como administradora en escuelas públicas y privadas en el área de Chicago. La Sra. Méndez tiene una licenciatura (B.S.) en Educación Primaria, una Maestría en Lectura y una Maestría en Administración Escolar. ¡Ella está emocionada de estar de vueltacon la comunidad de Evanston / Skokie y espera un gran año en Bessie Rhodes!


    Assistant Principal

    Ms. avelira Gonzalez

    Mrs. Gonzalez


    Born in the beautiful island of Puerto Rico and raised in the city of Chicago, Avelira Rodríguez González has served as an Educator and Administrator for 23 years. Her passion is music and education. Throughout her career, she has served as a Special Education/English as a Second Language Teacher, Learning Resource Specialist, Dean of Students, Equity Liaison, School District Human Resources Manager and an Administrator.  Coming from a home where her mother completed a sixth grade education and eventually earned her bachelor's degree, and her father several doctorates and a master's degree from Harvard University, she prides herself on excelling despite her surroundings and challenges. She specializes in leading all stakeholders  to obtain their goals, gain necessary skills, resources, and information that equip students, teachers and community members to be successful. She is fluent in Spanish and considers herself to be a lifelong learner.