Education Associates Leadership
Dr. Laura Amstead
Dr. Laura Kelley Amstead received her doctorate in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University in 1994. She joined the School of Education at PLNU in 1997 and has worked as an adjunct, associate, and full professor. In addition, she has been a board member, treasurer, and president of Education Associates and was the director of PLNU's Arcadia Regional Center for two years. Prior to her work with PLNU, Laura worked in Saddleback Valley Unified School District as an administrator, mentor, and elementary school teacher. She retired from PLNU in August 2015.
Term Ending 2016
Term Ending 2017
Karen earned her Liberal Studies degree (B.A. '90) and teaching credential ('91) from PLNC. She continued her education at CSUSB (M.A. '99), earning a degree in Science Education and Instructional Technology. She spent 12 years teaching middle school math and science in Menifee and Temecula. She left the classroom for 7 years to become a TOSA and successfully wrote and managed several technology integration grants (EETT) for Temecula. She is currently back in the classroom teaching lower elementary (K-2).
Term Ending 2018
Before becoming president of TurnAround Schools, Dr. Dan Lopez spent 14 years in public education. Decorated with administrator of the year awards in San Diego County, Dr. Lopez worked as the principal of Abraxas High School for four years. As former president of the California League of Middle Schools, Dr. Lopez is well recognized as an expert in the field of middle school reform. He blends his knowledge of education along with a degree in business to TurnAround Schools. Dr. Lopez (BA 92, MA 96) lives in Ramona, CA with his wife Michelle (BA 97) and their two sons Jake and Nate, where he currently serves as president of the Ramona Unified Governing Board.
Elizabeth earned her B.A. at PLNU (’92) and k-12 teaching credential. She has worked in education for 21 years primarily at the Middle school level grades 6-8. One year as a Bilingual Kindergarten teacher and Six of her years in education were in the position of an administrative TOSA for Student Support Services implementing school wide academic and behavioral support plans and developing programs to serve the various needs of students. Elizabeth is a current 6th grade Language Arts and Science Teacher and is also pursuing her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and Management.