An understated guy, Omar Mendez is the calm, quiet man you’ll find walking the halls and supervising lunches who, if given a chance, will surprise you with an off-the cuff remark or joke, usually at his own expense. We recently caught up with the new Associate Principal to ask him a few personal questions and get to know him better.
(Okay, the truth is, he was enormously resistant to talking about himself and dodged us for a couple of weeks, so we cornered him in his office one day, blocked the door, and forced him to answer. We feel no shame in the matter.)
Here are the highlights of our conversation.
I was the Associate Principal at Waxahachie High School for the last 5 years.
Dedication to getting everything done. Making sure everything gets done. Consistency.
Reader, I’m not going to lie. This part took forever. His initial response was to make a joke. He chose three self-deprecating words, and then tried to answer sincerely.
Um…Humble?…Hmm…I can’t think of anything else.
At this point, school counselor Heather Brister entered the room and Mr. Mendez asked her to describe him in three words. She said, “Compassionate, intelligent, and funny.” He disagreed with all three of her words, but couldn’t produce any more himself. Perhaps “humble” really does sum it up?
The performances. I haven’t been to one yet, but I’m looking forward to that.
I eat pizza. And drink Coke. Oh, and chocolate. Pizza, Coke, and chocolate.
Both of my kids are adopted.
We then entered the intentionally random, silly segment of our conversation. (After all, life is more than platitudes and background information.)
San Luis Potosi, Mexico
Fire. I know how to start a fire without a lighter or a match.
Oh yeah, I can do it fast.
Nowhere. I’ll take a picture of it and put it on craigslist.
I hope you enjoyed your last meal.