Sophia Mendoza is a proud alumni of the Los Angeles Unified School District,-- the nation’s 2nd largest school district -- where she has served in multiple capacities from a bilingual teacher, coordinator, assistant principal and a principal over the course of her nearly 22-year career with the District. Currently, she serves as director of the Instructional Technology Initiative, overseeing the adoption of the ISTE Standards and implementation of computer science education and digital citizenship programs across the 1,300 schools that comprise LA Unified.
Ms. Mendoza has led instructional technology efforts district-wide for five years, where she has overseen the implementation of digital learning tools to over schools. She currently leads the development of professional learning opportunities that leverage digital tools and model innovative instructional practices to create a personalized learning experience for all learners.
Ms. Mendoza’s leadership helps provide a blueprint for the next iteration of how to address technology in schools. Her work is a synthesis of cutting-edge instructional frameworks, such as the International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE) Standards for Students, the K-12 Computer Science Framework, the National Ed Tech Plan, and the SAMR Model. She extends her leadership reach by leveraging technology in ways that model what she preaches, which serves to help other school leaders determine how they can be change agents in their schools to make a transformational impact on instruction at their schools.
Through this role, Ms. Mendoza 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. In 2018 she was named a NextGeneration Leader by EdScoop and CoSN, a 2018 Most Influential People in EdTech by Tech & Learning, ISTE Impact Award honoree for 2019, Innovator of the Year for 2019 by Education Dive, and recently announced as the ACSA Region 16 Technology Administrator for 2020 an honor that recognizes her work in establishing strategic partnerships and programs that expand instructional technology opportunities for all students. Contributing collaborator to the 2020 National Ed Tech Plan, appointed to the K-12 High-Speed Network Advisory Board by the California State Superintendent of Schools, and most recently elected to the Board of the International Society for Technology in Education.