Dr. Maritza Robert Lopez
After serving on the board for twelve years, Dr. Robert has joined the administration of Alternative Rehabilitation Communities as Education Director in June 2014.
A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Dr. Maritza Robert Lopez completed her B.A. in Sociology and Social Work from Colegio Sagrado Corazon. Leaving college, she worked as a special education teacher as well as at the state level as an administrator for programs in education and drug and alcohol prevention. Dr. Robert moved to the East Coast in 1979 to earn a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology from New York University. She later earned a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Penn State University.
Dr. Robert has served in many different public sectors during her thirty years as an administrator in Pennsylvania. In 1985, she joined the Department of Labor and Industry in Harrisburg, PA as a Training Coordinator where she was responsible for the development and supervision of employer educational and outreach programs for industry and community groups. In this position she planned and organized exhibits and conferences statewide and was responsible for the development of programmed instruction and educational materials in both English and Spanish. In 1997, Dr. Robert began working with Governor Tom Ridge as the Director of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs. In that capacity she was responsible for developing, directing, and coordinating the overall activities of the Commission. She was responsible for developing and implementing a strategic plan to ensure that state government was accessible, accountable, and responsive to the Latino community needs in the state of Pennsylvania.
In 2000, Dr. Robert became Bureau Director of Community and Student Services in the Department of Education where she was responsible for developing, coordinating, and administering diverse educational programs in support of basic education in Pennsylvania’s public and non-public schools. In 2003, she became CEO and Principal of La Academia Charter School in Lancaster and later moved to the Roberto Clemente Charter School in Allentown in 2007.
Overall, Dr. Robert’s career has extended through federal, state, and local programs. She has planned and implemented all areas of schooling including writing charter school applications, curriculum mapping, school reports, administering local, state, and federal programs, fiscal management, parental and community involvement, supervision of personnel, and close work with school board members and school districts. Her experiences include all aspects of schooling, education reform, the charter school movement, community advocacy, outreach and relations, community and student services, grant writing, policy development and legislation, Latino and minority affairs, prevention and intervention programs, staff development, and labor and industry.


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