Any educator will tell you there is no greater reward than watching former students become productive citizens and leaders. “This is the greatest privilege and satisfaction an educator can experience,” said Dr. Maria M. Melendez Ramos, head of school at St. John’s School. Having first worked at St. John’s as the secondary division principal for most of the 1980s, she later moved to Connecticut to complete her doctoral studies and hold a number of leadership positions in school districts in that state.
Now that she has returned to Puerto Rico and the school that has always had a special place in her heart, she is committed to using the experience and knowledge she has gained over the years to develop the school to it’s fullest potential. This includes integrating technology as part of the teaching strategies used by the teachers, along with introducing other innovations to benefit the school and it’s students.
Having been mentored by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in Kentucky, when she was studying at a college-prep school during her formative years, she credits the Sisters, especially role-model Margaret Rose Greisbaum, SCN, with inspiring her to enter the field of education. Now, with her daughter Natasha, currently a fifth-grade teacher in Connecticut, Melendez already has succeeded in passing that legacy along and is keen on inspiring other young professionals to enter the field of education as well. “If you are passionate about teaching and really care about your students, then this is where you belong,” she said.
With her daughter Natasha and son Carlos both grown and with families of their own, Melendez uses her leisure time to read, swim and enjoy the ocean. Her four beautiful grandchildren are also a very important part of her life.