ILCHS LEADERSHIP TEAM
The Leadership Team at ILCHS is responsible for management and efficient daily operations at the school.
Dr. Elaine Ruiz-López
CEO & Founder
Dr. Elaine Ruiz-López is the Founder of ILCHS and its Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Ruiz-López was born and raised in the Bronx and has worked in the field of education since 1980. During her career, she has held various leadership positions in public schools, universities and private corporations. She founded ILCHS in 2005 with the goals of creating a collaborative process among faculty for a performance based charter school and developing a professional learning community to deliver instruction in an academically rigorous college preparatory environment. She earned her Doctorate in Special Education/Administration and Masters of Education from the Teacher’s College at Columbia University; a Master’s of Science in Bilingual Special Education from Bank Street College of Education; and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from The City College of New York.
Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Ismael (Izzy) Colón has been in the field of education for over 25 years serving as an advocate for high quality education for all students. Prior to joining ILCHS, Izzy served as the Principal of Future Leaders Institute Charter School (FLI) where he led a successful turnaround during his 5 years there. Before leading FLI, he served as the Director of School Leadership Development and Operations for the New York City Charter Center. With over 8 years of experience as a school Principal and 10 years as an Assistant Principal in the State of New York, he played an integral role in supporting charter schools in all five boroughs. Izzy began his career as a musician and middle school teacher in the Copiague Public Schools. He received his B.A. in Music Education from the State University of New York at Fredonia and obtained his M.A. in Educational Administration from Long Island University, C.W. Post.
Director of Facilities Operations
Mr. Padilla joined ILCHS in July 2015. Mr. Padilla is an experienced Regional Facilities Manager who has provided his services for Fortune 500 companies for 20+ years over his expansive career dedicating himself to social responsibility and cultural awareness. Mr. Padilla's main focus is on Operations and Facilities Management. These areas are of high importance to him. Mr. Padilla joined the ILCHS team to provide additional support and his specific skillset to support the school's relocation to their new facilities and to work towards contributing to ILCHS's high quality standards. Rich was drawn to the school because of their Mission Statement to provide the highest quality education and support for the students and the community. Rich will contribute to the Leadership Team the benefits of his experience in "Building Operations and Facilities" and being able to give something back. That combined with his "Team Player" attitude and his enjoyment of working in a "collaborative environment" such as the school has now with the team. Mr. Padilla was born in Manhattan and raised in the Bronx. Rich attended Bernard M. Baruch College in New York City.
Director of College Preparatory
Ms. Ortiz joined ILCHS in September 2009. As part of the Leadership Team, Ms. Ortiz has developed and incorporated a college preparatory curriculum throughout the academic year for the 11th and 12th graders. Ms. Ortiz decided to pursue a career in education in order to guide students from urban communities through a successful transition from high school to college. Her passion for guidance stems from what she feels was a lacking part of her high school experience. Ms. Ortiz was a recipient of the Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence and graduated with Honors receiving her bachelor degree from SUNY New Paltz. She obtained her Master’s in Education with a concentration in school counseling from CUNY Hunter College.
Director for Parent and School Community Engagement
Ms. Gonzalez has been with ILCHS since its inception in September 2006. Ms. Gonzalez has been an active key member of the ILCHS Leadership Team by working directly with parents and the broader school community. In her role, Ms. Gonzalez ensures that the parent community understands and embraces the mission and vision of ILCHS by implementing it in her everyday priorities. She graduated with a BA in Social Work from Lehman College. Ms. Gonzalez strives to change her students’ lives by working diligently to involve and engage parents and the school community.