Adriana Chavarín-López is the daughter of Mexican immigrant parents that always stressed to her the value of an education. Inspired by her teachers and principal at Harborside Elementary School, Adriana knew from an early age that she wanted to be an educator. Adriana obtained her teaching degree from the University of Southern California and became a bilingual teacher in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Seeking to have a larger impact on students’ lives, she obtained her M.A. in Education Administration and Policy Analysis from Stanford University and an Early Childhood Management Certificate from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Believing that the purpose of education is to educate the whole child, as a principal Adriana led the development of a number of school-wide initiatives, including art, music, yoga, and an award-winning school garden/edible education program. In preparing students to be global citizens, Adriana was at the forefront of implementing an Apple Distinguished 1:1 iPad program, a social-emotional curriculum and a dual language immersion program. Knowing that schools cannot do the work alone, Adriana fostered community partnerships with foundations, businesses and local government to improve learning and student safety. She also facilitated the mechanism for parent leadership teams to collaborate on common goals, always with a focus on educating all children.
Adriana is currently a Doctor of Education Leadership candidate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Adriana is also a Senior Facilitator for the Public Education Leadership Project (PELP), a joint venture between the Harvard Business School and the Harvard Graduate School of Education that work with school districts to create visions and strategic plans to address their problems of practice. She is a recipient of Harvard’s Education Entrepreneurship Fellowship for her work on a team project focused on redesigning early childhood education. She is the co-host of The Pedagogy of the Obsessed podcast.