Samanta López

Mentoring Program Director - ASPIRA of Delaware

Samanta is a transformational leader that has been invested in the Delaware community for over a decade. She holds a Master of Public Administration from Kutztown University, and a Master of Education from the University of Delaware. Samanta professional trajectory in education of 10 + years, began in non-traditional spaces, such as in Urban community centers, teaching English as a second language to community members, especially women. She served as the director of a grant-based mentoring program for ASPIRA of Delaware that allowed her to reach at-risk youth, who often “go by the wayside.”

Currently, Samanta is a Lead for Delaware recipient awaiting School Leadership Certification to pledge that one day, ALL kids in Delaware will attend excellent schools. She recently was selected to participate in the Data Wise Improvement Institute at Harvard University to understand data-driven strategies that are based on equity and integrity. Samanta sits on the board of Fresh Start Scholarship, an organization that has provided over 200 women the opportunity to attend college/university. She strives to empower underrepresented communities.

Furthermore, in 2009, Samanta received the Genevieve Gore Young Leadership Award for her demonstrated commitment of social justice and leadership in the Latino and broader Delaware communities. Through her research and work experience, she has been able to write and present in various platform issues that affect students in teaching and learning experiences: her recent co-authored publication on “Idea-Dying in Critical Ontological Democratic Dialogue in Classrooms,” has been a staple in her work.

Aside from serving as a change agent in Delaware, Samanta loves to teach. She is a teacher at Howard High School, where she creates a culture of linguistic importance through her roles as a World Language/Spanish Teacher. In addition, as an adjunct instructor at the University of Delaware, Samanta has engaged future teachers on how to implement diversity initiatives in the classroom, and bridge sociocultural incompatibilities to build a stronger and unified Delaware.