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Silvia Lopez


Glen Alta Span - Assistant Principal Elementary Instructional Specialist, APEIS. 

In my role as an itinerant administrator overseeing special education at LAUSD schools, my mission is to ensure that all students with disabilities are provided with supports, services, and programs as described in the Individualized Education Program (IEP). It involves supporting the school principal in developing general education and special education instructional programs.  

I began my career as an educator in 1993, and I have had the opportunity to work in both general and special education fields in many different roles: preschool teacher, elementary teacher, speech and language pathologist, special education teacher, school coordinator of family and community engagement, and assistant principal.  My passion for student advocacy and family engagement provided me with the opportunity to lead the work in this field as a Manager of Family and Community Engagement for The Partnership for Los Angeles Schools from 2012 to 2014 in Boyle Heights, WATTS, and South Central areas before becoming a special education school administrator.  I was awarded Teacher of the Year in 2011, and Coordinator of Family and Community Engagement in 2012.

I hold a Bachelor of Science in Education, a Bachelor of Science in Special Education, a Master's Degree in Special Education with Focus on Emotional Disorders and Behavior, and a Master's Degree in Administration.  I am currently a doctorate student at Concordia University Irvine, working on publishing a book in Leadership along with my colleagues in the program.  I have completed the LAUSD leadership program to become a school principal.

I firmly believe that ALL students can learn when responsive cultural practices, a purpose-driven shared vision, a sustained learning community, and a quality-high performing learning system are in place.