Phone: 847-888-5187


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Arts, Depaul University Masters in Educational Leadership, Northeastern Illinois University

Mrs. Josefina Melendez

It is my pleasure to serve as the principal of the Channing Cheetahs where all students LEARN, GROW, and SUCCEED.  Every year I look forward to working with teachers, families and the Elgin community to offer our students a rigorous, safe and rewarding educational experience.

I have been an educator for more than 25 years, beginning my career as an English/ESL teacher in Chicago Public Schools in 1994 at Roberto Clemente High School.  In 2006 I became an assistant principal at Roosevelt High School in Chicago’s diverse Albany Park neighborhood.  In 2011 I joined School District U-46 to serve as the assistant principal of Elgin High School, Home of the Maroons.  Several years later, in 2016, I was honored to be chosen as Channing’s principal. 

My husband and I are the proud parents of two young boys who love to swim, learn about dinosaurs, and accompany me to Channing’s monthly Family Nights.