Dr. Lora de la Cruz: Biography
Dr. de la Cruz has spent the 27 years of her educational career leading for equity, access and opportunity for students, with particular attention to those who have been historically underserved. As the child of a Mexican immigrant, Dr. de la Cruz has a lived experience that proves the power of education to change one’s life, and has made it her life’s work to ensure that children and families have access, opportunities and quality educational experiences.
In her current role, serving as Superintendent of Lake Oswego School District, she is leading the cultivation of a culture of belonging, through policy, practices and professional development, with a strong focus on anti-racism and on students and families who have been marginalized. Throughout her career, she has served as a teacher, school administrator, district administrator and now superintendent and has worked with a great diversity of students and families across the socioeconomic spectrum. She has led initiatives such as co-creating an instructional infrastructure, Universal Design for Learning, anti-racist and bias awareness work, all to ensure that all student groups have access to opportunites and quality educational experiences so that they can manifest their potential. She has successfully led gap-closing efforts resulting in achievement and growth for students learning English, Latino and Black students, and students with Special Education needs.
Dr. de la Cruz lives her life from a place of service to others, which is why she also supports aspiring leaders through mentorship and active participation in leadership development programs. In addition to being an active advocate within the state, she is also active with national organizations such as the National Superintendent Association and Association for Latinx Administrators and Superintendents. She aspires to continuously support students, families, educators and leaders in order to contribute to the current and future success of education.