Welcome to Whittier!  We’re glad you are here! 

Dear Whittier Students and Families,


Picture of Brooke Mendoza

My name is Brooke Mendoza, and I am proud to serve as the principal of Whittier Elementary School.  It is truly a privilege to be part of a community where parents, teachers, and students care for each other and strive to build positive relationships that support academic and social growth.

I have been dedicated to the field of education for over twenty years.  I hold a degree in Elementary Education from Western Kentucky University and attained my first masters degree as a K-12 Reading & Writing Specialist from the University of the Cumberlands shortly thereafter.  After moving to Iowa I completed my masters in Educational Administration from Northwestern College.  I have been fortunate to have worked with students ranging in age from Kindergarten through 12th grade in a variety of roles.  I have been a regular education teacher, a Title I Coordinator, a K-12 Instructional Coach, as well as an Elementary School Assistant Principal.    

At Whittier, you will find a family oriented community of educators who are built on the foundations of collaborative teams that work together toward one common goal– student learning.  The staff at Whittier passionately dedicate themselves to the success of all our students.  Whittier is a building that continues to work hard to ensure that every student feels valued and has a proud sense of belonging.  Relationships are important at Whittier and you will quickly see the commitment to ensuring every child has not only a valuable, but memorable, experience when they enter the doors to Whittier Elementary. 

As we prepare for a new year in your child’s educational journey, I am reminded that the beginning of the school year is a very special time and I am looking forward to our partnership with you as we work together to help your child learn and grow.  Whether you’re just joining our Whittier family or are returning, our entire staff is excited to welcome all of our families and students back to what will be the best year yet!    

Please always feel welcome to visit Whittier Elementary!  We would love to have you see and experience the wonderful things happening on a daily basis in our building.  This school year will be an amazing year and we look forward to having you here!   If you are interested in any additional information about Whittier Elementary, please browse through our website or call 515-961-9570.    

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.  


Brooke Mendoza

PK-5 Principal 

Whittier Elementary School

Indianola Community School District