Judith Mendoza Jimenez was recently promoted to NUSD Director of Special Services after having served as NHS principal since March 2011. Born and raised in Nogales, Sonora, until immigrating to Nogales when she was in fourth grade, Mrs. Jimenez finished her education in local schools, mastering English and a love of learning.
After graduating from NHS, she earned a degree in special education and rehabilitation from the UofA. Shortly after, she began teaching at NHS in special education and thus began her climb up the career ladder to the leadership position she holds today. While serving as a teacher, Ms. Jimenez continued her own learning, earning a Masters of Arts in special education and rehabilitation from the UofA and a second masters in educational leadership from NAU. “My biggest accomplishment has been to become the first Hispanic female principal of Nogales High School, and from what people have said, the youngest,” Mrs. Jimenez said. Under her leadership at NHS, student achievement in reading, writing, and math increased, as did the graduation and attendance rate.
Mrs. Jimenez is a member of the Nogales Lions Club and an adult leader and sponsor of the Boy Scouts of America Troop 510. She is an example of how someone growing up in the Ambos Nogales area in a rural border town can achieve great height.