Fontana Unified Names Interim Superintendent

The Fontana Unified School District has hired longtime education leader Juan M. López as its interim superintendent. López will serve as the district’s chief official from Sept. 6, 2022 through Jan. 13, 2023 while FUSD searches for a permanent successor to Dr. Monica Makiewicz.

“I am honored to serve as the interim superintendent for Fontana Unified School District,” López said in a press release. “The key to a district’s success starts with a leadership team that is dedicated to working for the greater good of all children, and I look forward to joining this District’s team and supporting its mission of empowering every student to unlock their full potential.”

“López, who grew up in East Los Angeles as the youngest son of immigrant parents, said he personally experienced the difficulty of succeeding in school while confronting the challenges faced by second-language learners,” according to FUSD.

“His upbringing shaped his career path, which led him to work in education for 42 years – during which he has served as an instructional aide, teacher, assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent of human resources, and superintendent at school districts throughout Southern California.

"Since retiring in 2015, López has dedicated his time to supporting school districts through the transition period that follows a superintendent’s departure, serving as interim superintendent for Coachella Valley Unified, Redlands Unified, Westminster School District, Colton-Redlands-Yucaipa Regional Occupational Program and West Covina Unified School District."

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