Sophia Mendoza, Los Angeles Unified School District
ISTE affiliate: CUE
Sophia Mendoza is a proud alumni of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the nation’s second largest school district, where she’s served in multiple capacities, including as a bilingual teacher, coordinator, assistant principal and principal. She currently serves as director of the district’s Instructional Technology Initiative (ITI), overseeing the adoption of the ISTE Standards and implementation of computer science education and digital citizenship programs across LA Unified’s 1,300 schools. Mendoza has led instructional technology efforts districtwide for five years and head’s up the development of professional learning opportunities that leverage digital tools and model innovative instructional practices to create a personalized learning experiences for all learners. She also supports LAUSD educators in building leadership and cultivating learners who are ready for a growing digital world. Her work has been recognized by the Center for Digital Education and the Learning Counsel. She’s been honored as a NextGeneration Leader by EdScoop and CoSN, a 2018 Most Influential People in EdTech by Tech & Learning, an ISTE Impact Award honoree, Innovator of the Year for 2019 by Education Dive, and was recently named the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Region 16 Technology Administrator for 2020.