Veronika Lopez-Mendez has been in the educational field since 1995. She holds a BA and Masters Degree from San Diego State University and Administrators Credential from the University of San Diego. Currently, she is the Principal of The Language Academy in San Diego Unified School District where she leads a dedicated K-8th grade French and Dual Language Spanish Magnet School . In the past 3 years, her work has focused on strengthening both language programs, integrating cutting edge research and improving the overall academic performance of the school. This includes, implementing Response to Intervention, Professional Learning Communities, raising the school’s API by 67 points, increasing enrollment by 120 students and opening up a Pre School program.