Laguna Blanca School is proud to name Shane Lopes as its new Head of Middle School. Lopes’ selection culminates an extensive national search process that involved a wide representation of community members—including students, parents, and faculty.
A Santa Barbara native and beloved Laguna Blanca football coach, Lopes has served in various roles at Laguna since 2012 and comes into this position with a strong understanding of Laguna’s school community. “A demonstrated leader and strong role model, he is well-poised to support and build upon the strength of our existing Middle School (Grades 5-8) program,” says Head of School Rob Hereford. When Lopes assumed the role of Laguna’s Dean of Students in 2015, he quickly earned the trust and admiration from students, parents, and colleagues. “His ability to listen and make thoughtful and fair decisions are among the many assets I value about his leadership style,” adds Hereford.
Lopes holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a master’s from Azusa Pacific University. He and his wife, Jamie—who is also an educator, are proud Laguna Blanca Lower School parents of Rio in kindergarten, Gracelynn (4 years), and Dane (6 months).