Justine Medina is a consultant with our thriving DEI Consulting Practice, offering expertise in the areas of curriculum, pedagogy, and programming which enhance racial and socioeconomic equity for students and schools.
Justine is on sabbatical leave from her role as Principal of Carlos Pacheco Elementary School in New Bedford, MA which she has held since 2017. The school serves 380 students in grades PK-5. Ninety-two percent of students are designated as high needs, 83% economically disadvantaged, and just over 50% of students do not speak English as a first language. Justine put together a strong team of dedicated teachers and support staff who have eagerly participated in targeted professional development around Universal Design for Learning, Trauma Sensitivity, and Social Emotional strategies which proved successful in moving the school from the 28th accountability percentile to the 47th percentile and meeting or exceeding 95% of the improvement target scores set forth by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Her success was featured in Research for Better Teaching, The Skillful Leader Series, 2020.
While on leave from her Principal role, she will be a mentor to the Interim Principal , continue to be a member of the New Bedford Public Schools’ Diversity and Equity Team, and conduct various curriculum work with the Office of Instruction around cultural competency in the classroom.
Justine began her career in social work and transitioned to education in September 2004 as a teacher in the Bronx for the New York City Public Schools. In 2007, Justine returned to her hometown of New Bedford where she initiated a district-wide Parent Teacher Home Visit Project, bringing teachers and families together and giving teachers a stronger understanding of the students and families they serve. Justine taught for eight years before moving into the role as Assistant Principal. As a leader she continued to grow and was asked to lead Carlos Pacheco Elementary School as the Principal in 2017.
Education & Interests
Justine has a bachelor of arts in psychology from Manhattanville College, a master’s degree from Mercy College in elementary education, and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in elementary education and teaching from American International College. She is a certified personal trainer and passionate about health and wellness. Justine enjoys spending time with her children and husband at her family-owned nutrition shop.