Assistant Professor at the College of New Rochelle and Assistant to the Center of Education Policy, and Innovation. She is also the CEO of the Lopez Consulting Group, where she engages school districts in processes for reform. She is a national consultant in the field of Thinking Maps and Language Development. She is a retired school district administrator, principal and staff developer. She works with numerous school districts to help the reconnect with the mission of education: Teaching and Learning. She has taught courses about cognitive and education; child development, school and family partnerships, education policy, and teaching methods for diverse learners, leadership courses. Her dissertation research focused on the use of Thinking Maps and the academic language development of English language learners.