Heritage Academy is pleased to announce the promotion of Ms. Kathleen Lopez to the position of Principal of our Gateway campus in Queen Creek.

Ms. Lopez started our Math department at Gateway and has a great love for the Heritage Academy scholars and parents. In her new role, she will continue to teach and provide leadership and guidance to all the Heritage Academy Gateway scholars and their families. Ms. Lopez will continue to serve on the school Governing Board and report to Mr. Jared L. Taylor who is the Chairman of the Governing Board and Charter Representative for the Gateway Campus.

Prior to joining Heritage Academy, Ms. Lopez taught special education as well as Algebra I, Geometry, and Math Functions at Mesquite High School in Gilbert, Arizona. In these two roles, Ms. Lopez created individualized education plans and curriculum for her students. She also taught at Poston Jr. High School in Mesa, where her responsibilities mirrored those at Mesquite.

At Heritage, Ms. Lopez loves teaching scholars principles of Algebra I and Personal Financial. She began teaching at our Gateway campus the first year it opened in 2013, then taught for two years before being promoted to Vice Principal in 2015. 

“At Heritage we have scholars who are building their future,” said Ms. Lopez. “I’m thrilled to continue my service in supporting our Hero families in building the next generation of great men and women who are building America.”

“I’m grateful that Kathleen Lopez has accepted the role as Principal of this campus,” said Jared Taylor. “Ms. Lopez is uniquely qualified to build on the solid foundation that Mr. Bowers established. She is deeply committed to the success of every scholar. In many ways, she will work together with our families to strengthen our scholars so they are best prepared to face their future.”

Ms. Lopez earned a Bachelor degree in Special Education from ASU and a Master degree in Counseling from NAU. Ms. Lopez is also an Arizona certified math teacher grades K-12. She has demonstrated her passion for teaching Arizona’s children throughout the course of her career and we are excited to have her be the new Principal. Please join me in congratulating Ms. Kathleen Lopez on her new role as the Principal of Heritage Academy Gateway!