Dear LOSD Community,I am humbled and honored to have been chosen to be the next superintendent of this amazing organization, and pleased to share my entry plan with you. I have built my career on the goal of ensuring that all students have the opportunity and access to manifest their potential, and this will be my focus as your Superintendent. My entry plan outlines three phases - including in the pre-entry phase from January to June - of listening and learning from students, parents, employees and community members. I look forward to getting to know this community, and to meeting you and hearing your thoughts as we work together to build upon what is already an outstanding school district in the development of world class learners.Sincerely,Lora de la Cruz
Dr. Lora de la Cruz: Biography
Dr. Lora de la Cruz brings more than 25 years of educational leadership experience to the LOSD. In her most recent position as a Community Superintendent for Aurora Public Schools in the Denver metro area, her work focused on providing leadership for a comprehensive redesign and implementation of district-wide instructional infrastructure and professional development. In addition, she supported the development of professional learning for school leaders, multi-tiered systems of support, social-emotional support initiatives, special education supports, culturally and linguistically diverse learners programming, and equity initiatives. She supervised ten principals and schools in order to create system-wide coherence to advance student learning across a highly diverse district.
De la Cruz began her career in 1993 as a classroom teacher, literacy specialist, and gifted and talented specialist and taught elementary and secondary in these roles. She has served as an Assistant Principal at a K-8 school, and Principal at two elementary schools between 2008-2017 in the Boulder Valley School District in Colorado. In 2016, de la Cruz earned her Doctorate in Leadership for Educational Equity from the University of Colorado Denver. She is most proud of the work she has led to close and narrow opportunity gaps across the socioeconomic spectrum and to be inclusive of the great diversity of learners.
De la Cruz believes that educational equity means ensuring that all children, regardless of their circumstances, receive high-quality, standards-aligned instruction, and each student has the access, opportunity, resources, relationships, and supports that they need to be successful in life and in school.