Iralys Lopez

Iralys Lopez

Program Director

Springboard Collaborative

Philadelphia, PA USA

There is a big need for people in the U.S. and the world in general to contribute their little grain of salt in education.


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Iralys Lopez


My road in life has been direct.
I come from a family of educators—both of my parents and my sisters are teachers.
I earned my bachelor’s degree in political science with a concentration in international relations.
I started in the education field by joining the Teach for America program—which is also what brought me from Puerto Rico to the U.S.—and remained in the field ever since.
After Teach for America, I worked as a Spanish teacher for five years.
I eventually experienced burnout as a teacher and started searching for opportunities to reignite my passion for education.
A friend of mine introduced me to Springboard Collaborative and after learning about their mission statement, I knew it was the right opportunity for me.
I currently work as a program director for Springboard Collaborative, an organization that aims to close the literacy gap between home and school.
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High School
Political Science
University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus
Urban Education
University of Pennsylvania


Program Director

I help to close the literacy gap through a program that engages both educators and families.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Non-Profit Organizations
Teaching / Mentoring

Day to Day

A day in the life of a program director may vary based on the stage in which we are working with school districts and partners. In this role, a good portion of my time is spent on planning, supporting school leaders, coaching, and analyzing data to improve programming at schools.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

There is a huge need in the world for people who want to contribute to education. If that's you, go for it. I got my start as an educator through the Teach for America program. If you want to get into a position like my current role, I recommend finding an early childhood literacy program.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

Education - Early Childhood K-3 Literacy


The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"Families are far removed from school."