Mr. Joe Lopez
                  Supt. Mr. Jose Lopez

Mr. Jose Rafael Lopez has 15 years of experience serving as teacher, middle school and high school assistant principal, principal at both the elementary and secondary level, and central office administrator.  During his educational career, he has placed an emphasis on collaboration and communication with students, parents, and staff.  In his most recent position as the Executive Director for State and Federal Programs in Mission CISD, he provided service and guidance to 24 campuses and approximately 15,500 students.   

At each of his leadership positions, he made it a priority to focus on student achievement.  Together with his campus instructional leadership team (CILT) and other staff members, they developed a shared framework of systems to guide every critical decision.  The same collaboration was also established in conjunction with their parents and stakeholders in the community. 

During his time as an elementary principal in Mission CISD, he led his campus to its first ever TEA Exemplary Rating within 10 years and outperformed the more affluent schools in the district and state.  Cantu Elementary, with predominately minority, economically disadvantaged, and at-risk students, also received recognition as a Title I Distinguished Progress School in 2009 and a Title I Distinguished School in 2010.

In September of 2014, Mr. Lopez was one of only 15 assistant superintendents and administrators from across the nation selected to participate in the prestigious year-long Superintendents Leadership Academy (SLA) through the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS).

Mr. Lopez holds a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Houston Baptist University as well as bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Public Management with a minor in English from Lindenwood University.   

Joe Lopez
Proud Superintendent of Taft ISD