Principal's Message



Dear Meadow Woods Middle Families,

My journey as an educator began at an urban school district in New Jersey where I taught English as a Second Language (ESL) classes to students from diverse cultural backgrounds. For nine years I enjoyed teaching English Language Learners (ELLs) and I connected very well with these students and their families since I knew firsthand how it felt to learn a second language.  After relocating to Orlando, FL with my family in 2000, I taught ESOL classes at Dr. Philips High School and Timber Creek High School.   Through collaborative efforts with key stakeholders at Timber Creek, we were able to offer a multicultural class to help ELLs with the acculturation and language acquisition process.   I also had to great opportunity of piloting the ELL AVID class at Timber Creek High School which supported students in taking rigorous classes and becoming college and career-ready scholars. 

In 2010, through the support and encouragement of my mentors and family, I became an assistant principal. As an assistant principal at Lake Nona High School, I supported the ESOL and ESE departments by creating the academic support class ISSC (International Scholars Support Class) for ELLs, implementing the SIM (Strategic Instructional Model) curriculum for ESE students, and the MVP (Most Valuable Pupil) intervention program for students who needed extra support in reading.  In addition, to continue building positive relationships and student engagement, I developed the Pawsitive Pride Recognition Program to give teachers the opportunity to recognize students for their academic excellence, improvement, collaboration, innovation and leadership. 

After serving in the capacity of director of the Multilingual Department at Orange County Public Schools, I decided to pursue my dream of becoming a principal.  Through the support of great mentors in my life and a wonderful husband of 27-years, I was chosen to lead this great school—Meadow Woods Middle.  I am truly honored to serve this community and my desire is to empower students and teachers to embrace “the leader in them”.  I am extremely excited to begin this new school year with an incredible team that understands that it truly takes a village to lead our students to success (OCPS mission) and to be the top producer of successful students in the nation (OCPS vision). 

One way that we will continue our journey as a Leader In Me school is by studying and applying the 7 highly effective habits of successful people based on Stephen Covey’s research.  We will be teaching and modeling the 7 habits and we ask of your support in learning about them:

  • Be Proactive
  • Begin with the End in Mind
  • Put First Things First
  • Think Win-Win
  • Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
  • Synergize
  • Sharpen the Saw

Together as a team I believe that we can continue to greatly impact our Stallions, teachers and community by empowering them with the 7 Habits, leadership opportunities and aligned standards-based instruction.  This will be an amazing and powerful journey that will lead us into becoming a Lighthouse school. Let’s stay Stallion-STRONG and synergize!

In Leadership,

Marisol Méndez,
Meadow Woods Middle School


 “Leadership is communicating a person’s worth and potential so clearly that they are inspired to see it in themselves.” Stephen Covey

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Marisol Mendez, Principal
Jacqueline Hamann, Assistant Principal
Vanessa Schaefer, Assistant Principal of Instruction 
Karl Wagner, Assistant Principal

1800 Rhode Island Wood Circle
Orlando, FL 32824
Phone: 407-850-5180
Fax: 407-850-5190

Registration Fax Number: 407-850-5138

Welcome to Meadow Woods Middle School!

School Hours: 9:25 AM - 3:50 PM

Wednesday: 9:25 AM - 2:50 PM

Office Hours: 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Material Supply List 2018.pdf
6th grade Orientation Newsletter 2018-2019.pdf

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Recent News

ELA tutoring from 4:00-5:30pm every Tuesday and Thursday for all grade levels. See your Language Arts teacher for the Tutoring Invitation Letter. We will provide dinner. Transportation is not provided.

On Saturday, April 27th from 9:00am to 12pm:
ELA Academy for 7th and 8th Grade

On Saturday, May 4th from 9:00am to 12pm:
8th Grade Science, 6th Grade Math and 7th Grade Civics

Freshman Orientation on April 23th at Cypress Creek High School from 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Band Spring Concert on April 24th at Cypress Creek High School 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Chorus Spring Concert on April 25th at Cypress Creek High School 7:00pm

Orchestra Concert on April 29th at Meadow Woods Middle School Cafeteria 6:00pm


1. May 10th - Gradventure for 8th grade students 

2. May 20th - 8th Grade End of the Year Ceremony at CCHS from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. 
3. May 24th - 8th Grade End of the Year Dance from 5:00pm to 8:00pm 
4. May 28th - 6th Grade End of the Year Ceremony at MWMS Cafe from 5:00pm to 6:00pm. 
5. May 28th - 7th Grade End of the Year Ceremony at MWMS Cafe from 6:30pm to 7:30 pm. 

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