Our Alumni Say It Best!

We are inspired by the passion of aspiring leaders and offer a rigorous program that will prepare you to meet the challenges of today's school leadership positions. 

Read what some of our alumni have to say:

"The journey the ISLA Program at LMU has taken me on has not only defined me as a leader but has helped me define my personal beliefs and respond to the need for socially just leaders in our education system today. This program provided a supportive environment, both in the classroom and at my school site, where I could undertake the complex and complicated process administrators engage in when trying to transform a culture. LMU continues to provide me with a community to grow as a life-long learner."

- Laura Hansbury, Middle School Language Arts Teacher, Traditional Public School

"I am very grateful for the opportunity to have been a part of the LMU ISLA program. The curriculum offered gave me a solid grounding in the breadth of areas critical to being an effective and transformative educational leader; I am confident that it was because of the knowledge I gained in the ISLA program that I was selected for my current role as elementary school principal. Developing personal and professional relationships with the talented members of my cohort and becoming part of a network of ISLA students and faculty will undoubtedly contribute to my ongoing growth and success."

- Eva Garcia, Principal, Catholic School

"The ISLA Program was invaluable to my leadership development because of the knowledge and skills I obtained as well as the relationships I built with my cohort members and professors. The diversity and small size of our cohort allowed us to create a challenging, but supportive, learning environment where discourse was authentically shaped by our various experiences and viewpoints."

- Monica Munguia, Teacher on Special Assignment, Traditional Public School

"The ISLA program proved to be a pivotal moment in my leadership journey. Through a perfect balance of theory, research, and application, I developed the understanding and foundation to lead with the purpose of creating equity in education. An inspiring and supportive faculty shaped the socially just lens for which I now provide leadership through. The social and professional networking developed amongst my talented and diverse cohort peers was an overlooked potential benefit going into the program, but something that came to fruition and deepened my experience."

- David Daley, Director of Special Education, Traditional Public School District

"The ISLA program at LMU offers a unique individually tailored experience in which you are called to measure your success based on how much closer you are to unlocking your fullest potential. This is done so through one on one mentorship and being granted to opportunity to tap into your own passions and strengths. I was a much more conscious leader when completing the program."

- Liliana Bustos Garcia, Principal, Charter School