Jirusha Lopez received her B.A. in Liberal Studies, with a concentration in American Sign Language, and Teaching Credential in 2007 from California State University, Northridge. After several years of teaching elementary school in the San Fernando Valley, she returned to C.S.U.N. and earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration and an Administrative Credential.
Throughout her years in education (both in Los Angeles District schools and at a local Charter School), Jirusha has taught Third Grade, Fifth Grade, substituted in Kindergarten through Fifth Grade classrooms, and has worked out of the classroom as a Reading Intervention Specialist and Physical Education Coordinator. She has also spent approximately one year teaching moderate to severe special needs students at LAUSD. Along with teaching and leading, Jirusha is a Google Certified Educator and has become a public speaker supporting Arts Integration and Teacher Funding at the 22nd and 24th Annual Charter School Conferences in Sacramento, California.
Most recently, Jirusha taught Fifth Grade full time along with assisting with administrative duties as the Administrative Lead/Teacher In Charge at N.E.W. Academy Canoga Park Elementary School in Canoga Park, California. In her role as Administrative Lead, Jirusha lead Professional Development for teachers, organized state testing, and assisted with writing the Charter Petition Renewal. Along with daily teaching duties, Jirusha enjoyed being a member of the Technology Committee, a Lead Teacher, Drama Club Director, Art Club Teacher, and Technology Club Teacher. She loves helping children realize their abilities and strengths both inside of the classroom and through extra-curricular activities. This past school year, Jirusha joined our family at CWCH as our Assistant Principal and worked diligently to support and coach staff, plan and train students and staff around emergency preparedness, organized and supported with testing throughout the year, and worked alongside the community to create a school environment that is worthy of the children we serve.
Jirusha is a life-long learner herself, and loves that the field of education allows her to continue to develop her own interests while fostering and supporting the ever-changing interests of the children and teachers she works with. She is thrilled to have accepted the Principal position at CWC Hollywood this year because she believes in the vision that today’s youth and educators must be supported in ways that develop their minds, souls, and emotional well-being equally. Jirusha’s leadership style is one of open communication, positivity, support, and constructive feedback. She vows to evolve and change as the role requires to support the staff and students alike.
In her spare time, Jirusha enjoys spending time with her husband, family, friends, and her Pug, Lucky. She enjoys staying active, and can often be found playing softball, cooking and baking for her loved ones, or watching football (Go Cowboys!).