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Teresa López Alonzo, Ed.D.

WestEd
Associate Director, School Networks
Teresa López Alonzo serves as the Associate Director of School Networks for WestEd’s Center for the Future of Teaching & Learning. She partners with school site leadership teams, using continuous improvement methodology to strengthen teaching, learning and leadership to improve outcomes for students.

Prior to joining WestEd, Teresa served as an instructional coach, elementary and intermediate school principal and Administrative Services Director for the Montebello Unified School District (MUSD). In her 16-year tenure with Montebello USD, Teresa worked with school teams to introduce instructional improvement initiatives that emphasized Academic Language Development, resulting in steady increases in Academic Performance Index and English learner reclassification rates. Her focus was building school cultures that promoted improved teaching and leadership practices that contributed to improving the academic and social emotional well-being of students and families.

Teresa began her career as a Dual Language teacher and coordinator for the Los Angeles Unified School District, where she provided early literacy and language development programs for children in Watts, CA. She then went on to work as the Assistant Director with the California Reading and Literature Project, CSU Los Angeles, Reading RESULTS initiative, where she worked with a statewide team to provide training and coaching support for more than 50 partnership schools in the San Gabriel Valley. Trainings for school teams focused on early literacy, English Language Development, assessment and collaboration structures.

Teresa has worked as an institute facilitator for the Association of California Superintendents and Administrators academies. She continues to advocate for high quality teaching, learning and leading, and is an active mentor in the California Latino Superintendents and Administrators Mentoring Program.

Teresa holds a B.S. from UC Davis, an M.A.Ed. from CSU Los Angeles, and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California.