Sonja Lopez Arnak
Sponsorship Director

Dr Sonja Lopez Arnak first entered the world of international teaching when listening to Carnegie Commission on Teaching's President, Dr Ernest Boyer, speak about the changes in education and the future of more interdependence between different countries over 20 years ago. She knew she had to experience this firsthand and immediately applied to work in international schools. Since then Sonja has been involved in international, global, multicultural and multilingual education as an educator, administrator, professor, researcher and online program designer. She has worked in K12 schools in California, Germany, Italy, Mexico and Turkey and in higher education in Turkey and California. She completed her doctorate in Teacher Education in Multicultural Societies, International Education and Language and Literacy at University of Southern California.

Currently Sonja continues to work with educators from around the world through her work as a faculty member within two teacher educator programs, as an International Baccalaureate online professional development facilitator, and her work within several international, national and state organizations. In the 1990s, Sonja was fortunate enough to hear Dr David Pollock speak about his book, Third Culture Kids, when working at Frankfurt International School and was very excited to recently find FIGT when doing research for one of her global education courses. From that moment she reached out to be a part of the FIGT community as a volunteer as she was able to witness firsthand the power of Dr Pollock and Ruth Van Reken's work with her previous K12 students and current teacher candidates. She looks forward to getting to know many more of the FIGT members through her work with the FIGT board.

Sonja has served on the FIGT Board since October 2020. Contact her at

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