Israel Melendez has over 15 years of experience in education. He began his educational career as a middle school teacher in Los Angeles Unified School District. After completing his military service in the United States Air Force, Israel made Virginia his home and continued to work with youth in both the public and private academic settings. A strong advocate of communicative approaches to language teaching and technology-infused activities, he provides students with opportunities to use their Spanish beyond the classroom in service of others. He received bachelor degrees in African American Studies from California State University, Northridge, and Spanish from Randolph-Macon College.
In addition, he holds endorsements in K-12 Spanish, Driver’s Education and Carpentry from the Virginia Department of Education. Israel’s professional memberships include The Foreign Language Association of Virginia and Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education.