Dr. Erin Lopez-Cadena earned her Ph.D. in Education from Claremont Graduate University in 2007. She earned a B.A. in International Studies from The University of La Verne, an M. A. in International Studies from Claremont Graduate University, and a M. A. in Education from Whittier College, as well as a Multiple Subject CLAD Emphasis Teaching Credential.
Dr. Lopez-Cadena has been an educator for the past 22 years for El Rancho Unified School District in the City of Pico Rivera where she was educated and raised. She has worked as an Instructional Aide, Substitute Teacher, and a classroom teacher for the past 20 years. She spent the majority of her teaching career successfully teaching at Ruben Salazar High School. She has also taught at North Ranchito Elementary (5th grade) and Durfee Elementary (3rd grade). Currently, she holds the position of Program Improvement District Resource Teacher.
Dr. Lopez-Cadena's research focuses on highly successful Latinos, Teaching and Learning, and Teaching Theories. Her dissertation title was: “Attending a California Continuation High School: A Second Chance for Student Success.” She also enjoys traveling abroad, spending time with her family and her horse “Pickles.”