Carlos Méndez

Carlos Mendez
Instructor of Spanish, Coordinator of Spanish 2100
145 Arts & Science Building

Master of Arts in Language Teaching
University of Missouri-Columbia, 2010


Carlos started his teaching career as an instructor and coordinator at Instituto Nacional para la Educación de los Adultos (INEA) in Mexico. Once in the States, Carlos attended college as a part-time student to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Business from California State University, Fullerton. He did his internship in Europe, which consisted of a series of seminars at different international companies such as DuPont, Union Bank of Switzerland, John Deere, Euronext, Galeries Lafayette, Heineken, Chrysler, among others.

Carlos gave up a promising career as an assistant bank manager in Utah in order to return to graduate school to prepare for a career to teach Spanish at the college level; his true passion. Carlos has taught different levels of Spanish courses at the University of Missouri, Stephens College, and Moberly Area Community College, all located in the city of Columbia, MO. Some of the courses he has taught include; elementary, accelerated and intermediate Spanish. Commercial Spanish, composition and conversational Spanish. He also co-taught a Latin American Civilization class in the spring of 2011 at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Carlos has also participated in the Freshman Interest Groups (FIG) as a Foreign Language faculty Co-Facilitator since 2009. His role as a faculty Co-Facilitator is to provide support to the Peer Advisor (student who leads the group and teaches the FIG class), assist with teaching responsibilities, and collaborate with the PA to design the syllabus, interact with FIG students, and serve as a back-up resource for academic advising, among other tasks.

Carlos worked in the Romance Languages Department at the University of Missouri-Columbia as the Undergraduate Advisor for one year. In the fall of 2016, Carlos was promoted to be the Coordinator of Spanish 2100.  In his free time, Carlos enjoys cooking, traveling and watching thriller movies.