Phone: 803-981-1200


Degrees and Certifications:

B.A. Philosophy, Boston College M.Ed Curriculum and Instruction, Boston University Certifications: Special Education (multi-categorical), K-12 Middle level math, 5-8 Sheltered English Immersion, K-12

Kayla Mendonca

I was born, raised, and educated in Boston, Massachusetts. I graduated from Boston College in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, and it was at this Jesuit Catholic university where my love of service learning blossomed. I immersed myself into various diverse communities such as in a low-income residential neighborhood in Newark, NJ, on a Native American reservation in Albuquerque, NM, and in two orphanages in the African countries of Uganda and Rwanda to engage in service projects including tutoring children in math. Engaging with students with different backgrounds and ranging academic levels challenged me to meet the needs of every student where they are at. These experiences shaped my understanding that effective teaching is a two-fold exchange – both teachers and students continuously learn from and about each other.

Upon the completion of my baccalaureate program, I became a teacher in Boston Public Schools through Teach For America. As a new teacher, I committed myself to meeting the needs of all students by furthering my education. I obtained my Master’s Degree in Education (Curriculum & Instruction) from Boston University in 2016. I have been teaching math and special education for a total of 7 years. I am committed to embracing diversity in the classroom. As such, I can’t wait to teach and support my students this upcoming year at Northwestern, and learn about them and from them!

To continue to grow professionally, I am pursing my school administrator add-on license this year at Gardner-Webb University. In my free time, I enjoy swimming and bonding with my three-year-old daughter, Aalia.