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JOHANNA LÓPEZ IS PROOF THE AMERICAN DREAM IS STILL ALIVE
Johanna López was born in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, to a Veteran and a stay-at-home mom. There, she earned her Bachelors of Arts in Hispanic Studies from the University of Puerto Rico and, later, a Master of Arts in Higher Education from the Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico. In 1998, she moved to Orlando, where she first worked at a car wash and then at a fast food restaurant. In 1999, after serving as a school volunteer for over a year, Johanna became a full-time foreign language teacher at Colonial High School, where she has been instrumental both inside and outside of the classroom for the last twenty years.
In the classroom, Johanna and her AP Spanish Language and AP Spanish Literature students have achieved perfect passing rates in the AP exam several times. Outside of the Classroom, Johanna has served as Colonial High school’s girls' varsity volleyball coach and Hispanic Honor Society sponsor. She currently serves as the Sponsor of Latinos in Action, an organization that seeks to empower young Latino students to become our country’s future leaders.
Johanna has made an incredible impact in the community as well. She is the founder of Familias Presentes: Estudiantes Excelentes, an online forum directed to making the parents aware of different educational issues and opportunities. She is also a member of the Orange County Classroom Teachers Association (CTA), Maestros Puertorriqueños en Acción, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Teachers Advisory Council. As well, she has served as a member of the OCPS Calendar Committee, the OCPS Foundation, Leadership Orange, and the Superintendent's Public Education Leadership Project at Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Due to her leadership, Johanna López was recognized as the 2017 Orange County Public Schools Teacher of the Year. Johanna is also a recipient of the Governor’s Shine Award for Inspirational Teachers, the Queen Smith Award for Commitment to Urban Public Education and the Life Changer of the Year award.
Johanna López exemplifies the best Orange County Public Schools has to offer. She is a caring mother and teacher, an authentic leader, and a change-maker. She is proof the American Dream is still alive!
Johanna seeks to empower all OCPS students, teachers, and parents
by proposing an inclusive agenda that will bring about fairness, empowerment,
and safety to our school system.
SUPPORT FOR TEACHERS AND STAFF
For over two decades, Johanna has worked to empower young adults inside and outside of the classroom. As a School Board member, she will work to empower our teachers and staff members so that they can continue to provide our students with a high-quality education. From increasing wages to providing professional growth opportunities, Johanna understands how to bring respect and value back to the teaching profession.
As a Lake Nona High School mother and 20-year resident of District 2, Johanna has seen the unprecedented growth of our communities, understanding the opportunities and challenges that it presents for our schools. Johanna will prioritize pro-active planning and will work together with the County Commission to ensure that our schools are not overcrowded by keeping our tax-dollars in our community.
Johanna will work to address
our students’ different needs, understanding how critical
it is to close the educational achievement gap. Johanna's main goal will be to level the playing field to ensure that ALL OCPS students, despite their background, have a shot at a successful future.
As a teacher and mother of four, Johanna recognizes how critical it is for every student to get educated in a safe environment - free from bullying, violence, discrimination, and guns. She will work to increase funding for counseling services and mental health initiatives while seeking to make our schools safer.
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