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Lora de la Cruz, Superintendent

Dr. Lora de la Cruz
Superintendent, Lake Oswego School District


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.