El Paso native, Marina Lopez is a graduate of The University of Texas at El Paso where she earned a B.A. in Sociology and Texas Tech University where she earned her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. A lover of learning, Marina is currently pursuing her doctorate in Educational Leadership with Superintendent Certification from Texas Tech University.
Marina is passionate about education, leadership, and social justice and believes leading with mindfulness, joy and laser focus is crucial to creating a vibrant school culture. She is honored to return to “La Escuelita” as the Principal. Marina began her teaching career at La Fe Prep and has since worked at both the primary and secondary level in El Paso and Austin, Texas. She has served as a teacher, teacher leader, and campus leader. She has had the privilege to lead large and small teams and believes that strong relationships between teachers, team members, families and students is a crucial component to any healthy and thriving educational setting. She has a passion for teacher growth and continues to mentor teachers as well as current and aspiring school leaders. Having visited numerous excellent schools across the country, she is confident that La Fe Prep is a truly unique learning experience for the children of El Paso. Marina is committed to leadership rooted in Social & Emotional Learning that paves the way for achievement.
In her free time, Marina enjoys reading, yoga, learning new things, videography, and enjoying the outdoors with her husband Jorge and their Toller Austin.
Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction
Samuel Saucedo-Issa has been in the field of education for more than 7 years. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Education at the University of Texas at El Paso. He earned his Master’s degree in Education Administration from Eastern New Mexico. He is currently working on his Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership at the University of the Cumberlands in Kentucky. He has experience teaching elementary bilingual and art classes. Aside from teaching, Mr. Saucedo has been developing Instructional Technology applications for Apple since 2014. Some of these include Owl Calculator, Dino Bilingual and The Elements of Principles of Art. His applications and curriculum have been published and copyrighted by Apple and they are being used by educators all over the world. In his free time he enjoys playing the piano and drawing. He believes that education is the key for a happy and prosperous life.