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Dr. Shelly Menendez


Dr. Shelly Menendez is a Senior Research Associate at Measurement Incorporated where she has dedicated the past 20 years conducting educational evaluation research at the local, state and national levels.  Her projects have involved various K-12 initiatives including, but not limited to, district- and school-wide improvement, special education, teacher compensation reform, reading, after school programming, and family-school partnerships.  Her studies have been instrumental in helping educators maximize the effectiveness of programs to meet diverse learners.  She is well regarded for her ability to develop collaborative partnerships and to translate research findings into practical application at all levels of education.  She has successfully presented numerous research studies or competitive bids to the United States Department of Education and various State Education agencies.

Originally from New York State, she and her husband, John, moved to Naperville in October, 2006.  They have twin, 11 year-old boys who attend Kendall Elementary School and will attend Crone Middle School in the fall.  Shelly participated in Team IPEF in 2016 and 2017, and is registered to run the half marathon again in the fall of 2018.  She currently serves as a Liaison on the Parent Diversity Advisory Council (PDAC) and is passionate about embracing and respecting diversity.  She previously served on the Indian Prairie School District Special Needs PTA and remains committed to inclusion and high expectations for all students.

Shelly holds a Ph.D. in Development Psychology from Fordham University.

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