Mr. Juan M. Lopez has enjoyed a prolific career in public education that spans over 40 years. He served as superintendent of the Val Verde Unified School District before retiring in 2015 and in retirement has served as interim superintendent of the Coachella Valley Unified School District and the Redlands Unified School District. Mr. Lopez’s extensive experience also includes acting as an assistant superintendent, principal, assistant principal, teacher and instructional aide. He believes the key to a district’s success starts with a leadership team made up of quality administrators who have integrity and are dedicated to working for the greater good of children.
In 2007, Mr. Lopez was named the Orange County Human Resources Administrator of the Year and in 2009, he was recognized by the Association of California School Administrators as the State Negotiator of the Year. He has extensive experience in employee relations and collective bargaining and was a lead negotiator for over 28 years.
Mr. Lopez’s professional passion has been focused on the transformation of school culture, English learners, parent engagement and serving as a mentor/coach. He has served on the Teacher Preparation Advisory Boards at Chapman University, Whittier College and UC Riverside, as well as the Administrative Leadership Advisory Board at Cal Poly Pomona. He has also been active as a Chairperson with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) for over 20 visitations. He is a long-time member of the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) and served on the statewide ACSA Urban Education Committee.
Mr. Lopez earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a Master’s degree in Urban Education/School Administration from California State University, Los Angeles.