Dr. Richard Mendelson, candidate for School Board Broward County District 6, Talks about his experience solving the problem of school safety and why he would make a great school board member. He has the support and backing of Andrew Pollack
July 14, 2018
Dr. Richard A. Mendelson is a second-generation Broward County Public School educator. He is also a product of the BCPS system, having graduated from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 1996. Upon graduating from Stoneman Douglas High School, Dr. Mendelson matriculated at San Francisco State University where he majored in Psychology.
In 2002, Dr. Mendelson returned to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and began a career as a teacher in the Social Sciences Department, teaching World Geography and Cultures as well as Psychology I and II. During this time, Dr. Mendelson also completed his Doctoral Program, earning a Ph. D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, with his dissertation research exploring the emotional intelligence of former elite level athletes in the education workplace. He has also presents regularly to organizations such as the European Central Bank regarding the use of artificial intelligence and emotional intelligence and their application to security processes. During his time at Stoneman Douglas High School, Dr. Mendelson also served the community as the Chair of the SAC Committee, served as Faculty Sponsor for the Broward Disability Advisory Board.
After 13 years as a classroom teacher at Stoneman Douglas, Dr. Mendelson left to pursue the opportunity to serve as a Professor in the Graduate Psychology Department of Keiser University. His areas of expertise include the applied aspect of emotional intelligence in the workplace as well as diversity in the workplace. His focus is on social and emotional content and emotional education as it influences student performance and behavior. He has been a registered Volunteer for Broward County Public Schools for the past 3 years. His wife, Becky Mendelson, serves as a BRACE Advisor for a BCPS High School, and their son is enrolled in a BCPS elementary school in Cooper City.