Carmen Melendez
Guidance Department Head

P-12, Higher Ed

  • Achievement gap
  • Advanced placement
  • Hispanic students
  • Low-income students
  • Minority students

Carmen Melendez-Quintero is the head of the guidance department at North Attleborough High School in Massachusetts, a job she started in 2015. Before that, she worked for 12 years at South High Community School in Worcester, Massachusetts, as the guidance department director and Advanced Placement coordinator. A native of Puerto Rico and a first-generation college graduate, Melendez-Quintero led the development of the Latinos Excelling in Advanced Placement program at South High. The LEAP program provides wrap-around support for students through parental involvement, tutoring, mentoring and community partnerships. Melendez-Quintero has presented at College Board conferences on the LEAP initiative and has served as a consultant to school districts looking to improve academic performance among Latino students. She has received numerous awards for her work with Latino youth. Melendez-Quintero is a graduate of Assumption College, where she obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degrees and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study.