Ms. Alina Lopez
Ms. Alina Riveron Lopez has twenty years of experience in the field of Education. Ms. Lopez holds a B.A. from Florida International University in Psychology, M.S. from Nova Southeastern University in Elementary Education and an Educational Leadership Certificate from Florida International University. She began her teaching career as an Elementary teacher at Doral Academy Charter School in 1999. She taught for seven years in the public charter school system prior to her first administrative position at Mater Academy East Charter School as an Assistant Principal. While an administrator at Mater Academy East, Ms. Lopez also received her first appointment as Principal of Theodore R. & Thelma A. Gibson Charter School in 2007. In the 2007-2008 school year, she assisted in opening Mater Academy East Charter High School and transitioned from an elementary administrator to a middle and high school administrator. Later in 2009, Ms. Lopez had the opportunity to return to Doral Academy Charter Middle and High School, where she had started her teaching career, as an Assistant Principal.
During her tenure at Doral Academy, Ms. Lopez played an integral role in the outstanding academic growth and success of Doral Academy. She was also a great supporter and contributor of the Arts program at Doral Performing Arts & Entertainment Academy. During her time at Doral, she took great interest in and oversaw the Performing Arts Program. Her continued support and dedication to the Arts enabled the Performing Arts Program to increase its enrollment from 90 students in 2010 to over 400 in 2014. During this time, the students in the Performing Arts Programs were recognized numerous times in State-wide and National competitions in many of their disciplines. The school was also recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School in 2014.
In 2011, Ms. Lopez was named Principal of Doral Academy of Technology (DAT). During her time as principal of DAT, she helped develop and implement an innovative and challenging curriculum which focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The program included advanced and pre-AP courses in the core and content areas and electives in computer engineering, computer programming, robotics, and video game design. The students competed and placed in State and National math and science competitions like Future City and First Lego League. In the 2011-2012 school year, Doral Academy of Technology was ranked the top performing middle school in the State of Florida and has continued to be one of the top performing schools in the State.
In 2014, Ms. Lopez joined Somerset Academy, Inc. as an Academic Consultant where she provided school administrators in Miami-Dade, Broward and Jacksonville with direct support in planning and implementing turnaround interventions, which provided the schools with a positive climate that support student success. The role of Academic Consultant prepared Ms. Lopez to take on the challenges of her current role of Principal at Somerset Academy Charter Middle and High South Homestead (SASH). Since becoming Principal of SASH in 2015, Ms. Lopez has assisted the school in implementing strategies to significantly increase academic achievement and to provide a positive and nurturing environment for her students. Since her arrival, the school’s grade increased from a “D” to a “B” in the High School and from a “C” to an “A” in the Middle School.
Ms. Lopez also serves on the Board for the Sports Leadership & Management Charter School as the Secretary and is the Vice-President of the SLAM Foundation, which helps direct the school’s growing list of corporate partnerships and supports the expansion and replication of other SLAM schools throughout the Country. The Foundation also provides support and resources in the recruitment and training of educators and the implementation of the SLAM curriculum.