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We are educators, administrators, parents, and community members dedicated to making a positive impact in the lives of children and improving the quality of education of all students.



For over two decades, Learning Alliances has been at the forefront of educational services, dedicated to making a positive impact in the lives of children and improving the quality of education for students across the United States and Puerto Rico. Since our establishment in 1997, we have forged partnerships with educators, school administrators, parents, and community members, forming a strong alliance focused on fostering excellence in education.


At Learning Alliances, we understand that each school, district, and community has unique needs and challenges. That's why we offer tailored Professional Development workshops, coaching sessions, and educational programs that address the specific requirements of our clients. Whether it's designing customized curricula, implementing effective teaching methodologies, or enhancing overall school performance, our team of experienced professionals is committed to providing the necessary support and guidance.


We take pride in our extensive reach, serving over 3,000 schools and more than 30,000 teachers in both public and private sectors. Our commitment to inclusivity is reflected in our dedication to immigrant families, facilitating their transition and ensuring their children thrive within the U.S. school system. We offer our services in various languages to ensure accessibility and empower these families on their educational journey.


As industry leaders for 26 years, Learning Alliances remains at the forefront of educational innovation. Our programs are grounded in extensive research and evidence-based practices, proven to transform teaching and learning experiences. We continuously strive to stay ahead of emerging trends and best practices, equipping educational institutions with the tools and knowledge they need to excel.


Mission & Vision


At Learning Alliances, we are committed to revolutionizing the way education is approached, making it a more enjoyable and exciting experience for all students. We believe in equipping families and educators with the best tools and strategies to inspire intellectual curiosity and promote critical thinking and provide unparalleled support to ensure their success. Together, we are the pioneers of a new era of education, where learning is fun, engaging, and accessible to all.


Our vision at Learning Alliances is to be at the forefront of a global movement towards transformative education. We are dedicated to driving social impact and creating positive change in communities worldwide, by empowering learners of all ages to become lifelong learners. With a supportive partnership between a child's family, their school, and the wider community, we believe that every child can unlock their true potential and achieve success beyond their wildest dreams.


At Learning Alliances, our purpose is to provide game-changing educational services that enable both teachers and students to reach new heights of excellence. We believe in providing practical, hands-on training that is both highly effective and fun, so that teachers and students alike are motivated to learn and achieve their very best.


We are proud to stand in partnership with teachers, parents, schools, and communities, united in our shared mission to provide a premium education for all. We believe in working collaboratively with our partners to implement cutting-edge, sustainable and innovative learning strategies that drive success and create a brighter future for all. At Learning Alliances, you can count on us to be your trusted partner in education, helping you to unlock new levels of achievement and unlock the full potential of every learner.




Chief Executive Officer

Mr. O'Donnell embarked on his professional journey as a dedicated speech pathologist, laying the foundation for his impactful career. He established Independent Child Study Teams (ICST), a pioneering venture aimed at conducting comprehensive evaluations for students to identify their specific needs and formulate tailored Individual Educational Plans (IEPs). Recognizing the demand for enhanced educational support, Mr. O'Donnell expanded ICST's operations to include Title I and New Jersey 192-193 services, catering to students in parochial schools across New Jersey.


This expansion marked the birth of Educational In-Roads (EIR), a specialized division of ICST committed to delivering Title I products and services to students in 36 states. With a rich history of private-public partnerships, dating back to 1977, when Mr. O'Donnell founded ICST, his entrepreneurial spirit continued to thrive. In 1997, as ICST and EIR reached new heights, serving an impressive daily population of 36,000 children, Mr. O'Donnell seized the opportunity to establish Innovative Educational Programs (IEP) and Learning Alliances (LA).


Over the past two decades, Mr. O'Donnell has diligently cultivated IEP and LA into highly esteemed educational service companies, actively engaged in empowering approximately 20,000 students each day across the United States and Puerto Rico. This exceptional achievement speaks volumes about Mr. O'Donnell's unwavering commitment to providing quality educational solutions that make a tangible difference in the lives of students.


With an unwavering passion for education and an unwavering dedication to excellence, Mr. O'Donnell's visionary leadership has propelled IEP and LA to the forefront of the industry, earning them a reputation as trusted partners in the pursuit of educational success. Through continuous innovation, strategic partnerships, and a relentless pursuit of student-centered solutions, Mr. O'Donnell and his companies have left an indelible mark on the field of education.

 Laura Cheval

PHR, SHRM-CP, HR Manager

Laura leads the Human Resource and Payroll Department at IEP. She has over 20 years of HR and Payroll experience with a strong focus on compliance. She recognizes that “Employees” are the top resource within any company. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and is a member of SHRM National as well as their Morris County council. Her passions include, golf, travel, gardening and her family.

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Executive Director

For the past 20 years Lilia has been part of Learning Alliances, in its beginnings she worked directly with the coordination of the tutoring program for public school students in Puerto Rico through Title I funds. During the past twelve years (2011), Lilia has excelled in the coordination of Professional Development services to teachers, as well as workshops for parents and families in the communities served by the company. Lilia also excels in coordinating marketing and promotional services for the company's products.

Lilia is one of the great strengths of Learning Alliances.



Chief Financial Officer

El Sr. MacMahon es el Director Financiero y Secretario Corporativo de Innovative Educational Programs, LLC y Learning Alliances, LLC con responsabilidades de informes financieros internos y externos, relaciones bancarias y seguros comerciales.


Ana María De La Cruz Rodríguez

Ana María holds a Bachelor's Degree in Communications and Journalism from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus. She began her professional career in sales and communications 25 years ago, and for the past 15 years, she has provided services to public and private schools throughout Puerto Rico. Since 2011, Ana María has worked as an Educational Consultant at Learning Alliances providing professional development to teachers, principals, and staff members. She is dedicated to designing and assisting in the implementation of instructional plans for teachers, and her impact reaches parents and families during her well-attended Family Engagement Workshops. Ana is also part of the team of Educational Consultants working with the PBIS project in Puerto Rico.

Ana’s territory includes the Metropolitan and Northern area of Puerto Rico.

Office Team

Service Coordinator

Accounting and HR

Invoicing Clerk

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