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For over twenty years, Johanna López has been a teacher at Colonial High School, where she has been instrumental to the success of her students inside and outside of the classroom. From working to support undocumented and recently arrived students to fighting to ensure that all parents feel welcomed and supported by our schools, Johanna has a successful record of advocating for teachers, students, parents, and staff members. Most importantly, as a single mother of four OCPS students, she understands both the obstacles and opportunities that our Orange County public schools face.

It is such unique set of experiences that have prepared Johanna to represent District 2 on the Orange County School Board, where she will continue to embody the community’s values of fairness, empowerment, and unity.

As a School Board member, she will work to:

  • level the playing field to ensure that all OCPS students, despite their background, have a shot at a successful future.

  • empower our teachers by bringing autonomy back to the classroom, increasing wages, and providing professional development opportunities.

  • ensure students’ safety and well-being by increasing funding for counseling services and mental health initiatives and tackling issues of bullying, violence, and discrimination in our schools.​​

More than a campaign, Johanna has shaped a movement for results-driven change in our local education system. In fact, her campaign is being run by current and former OCPS Students, who have been inspired by Johanna’s inspiring vision for our school District.

Democratic state Sen. Victor Torres has endorsed Colonial High School Teacher Johanna López in her bid to represent District 2 on the Orange County School Board, her campaign announced Wednesday.

Torres’s Senate District 15 overlaps with the western portion of Orange County School Board District 2.

“For years, I have seen Johanna leverage her experience, knowledge, and leadership abilities for the advancement of our youth and public schools,” Torres stated in a news release issued by her campaign. “As a lifelong educator, she understands the needs, concerns and opportunities that our students, teachers, and families face. That’s exactly why I am proud to endorse her for Orange County School Board, District 2.”

In a press release announcement, NPE Action states, “The Network for Public Education Action is proud to announce its endorsement of Johanna López for Orange County School Board. López is a twenty-year veteran of the classroom, and the 2017 Orange County Public Schools Teacher of the Year. As a school board member, López wants to continue to empower students to achieve success. She told NPE Action that if elected she will advocate for culturally-relevant schools that fully represent the community.”

They added, “López is also against the public funding of charter schools. She believes charters should be held accountable to the same standards as public schools, and noted that charter schools often lack accountability, transparency, and culturally-relevant teaching approaches.”

López responded, “As a lifelong public school educator and single mother of four, I am truly honored to receive the endorsement of the Network for Public Education Action, a national organization that stands at the forefront of the fight for our public schools. More than ever, given the recent attacks against our public education, I am committed to continue my effective advocacy in support of our public school students, teachers, staff members, and families.”

The Network for Public Education (NPE) Action, the national political arm of the pro-public education grassroots organization Network for Public Education, has endorsed Colonial High School Teacher Johanna López in her bid to represent District 2 on the Orange County School Board.

In a press release announcement, NPE Action states, “The Network for Public Education Action is proud to announce its endorsement of Johanna López for Orange County School Board. López is a twenty-year veteran of the classroom, and the 2017 Orange County Public Schools Teacher of the Year. As a school board member, López wants to continue to empower students to achieve success. She told NPE Action that if elected she will advocate for culturally-relevant schools that fully represent the community.”

They added, “López is also against the public funding of charter schools. She believes charters should be held accountable to the same standards as public schools, and noted that charter schools often lack accountability, transparency, and culturally-relevant teaching approaches.”

The Network for Public Education Action, the national political arm of the pro-public education grassroots organization Network for Public Education, has endorsed Colonial High School Teacher Johanna López in her bid to represent District 2 on the Orange County School Board.

 

In an announcement released by her campaign Monday, NPE Action noted her 20 years of experience in the classroom and her selection as the 2017 Orange County Public Schools “Teacher of the Year.” It also noted her opposition to public funding of charter schools and her call for them to receive the same standards of accountability as public schools, key issues for the network.

 

“The Network for Public Education Action is proud to announce its endorsement of Johanna López for Orange County School Board,” the group stated in a news release issued by her campaign. “As a school board member, López wants to continue to empower students to achieve success. She told NPE Action that if elected she will advocate for culturally-relevant schools that fully represent the community.

Colonial High School teacher Johanna López’ bid for Orange County School Board has earned the backing of Orlando Democratic Rep. Amy Mercado.

“From serving as a teacher for over twenty years to assisting displaced families and working to increase parental involvement in our local education system, Johanna López has a proven record of being a relentless champion for our students, teachers, and families.

“Given her passion and first-hand understanding of our public schools, Johanna is ready to bring her student-oriented, change-driven platform of equity, support for teachers and staff, and safety into fruition from day one. It is my pleasure to endorse Johanna López in her bid to represent District 2 on the Orange County School Board.”

Mercado is currently in her first term representing House District 48. She joins fellow Democratic Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith,  Florida NOW, the Orange County Classroom Teachers Association, the Central Florida AFL-CIO and Women for Justice in endorsing López for the open District 2 seat.

The Network for Public Education Action is proud to announce its endorsement of Johanna López for Orange County School Board. López is a twenty-year veteran of the classroom, and the 2017 Orange County Public Schools Teacher of the Year. 

As a school board member, López wants to continue to empower students to achieve success.

She told NPE Action that if elected she will advocate for culturally-relevant schools that fully represent the community. “Every student, despite their background, deserves access to quality public education,” López said.

A firm believer that students deserve to be evaluated by teachers, not standardized tests, she will advocate to ensure that students are not retained based on their Florida Standard Assessment (FSA) scores.

Orlando, Florida - La profesora puertorriqueña Johanna López, quien en 2016 se alzó con el premio de la Maestra del Año en Orlando y ahora busca ganar la elección que la pudiera convertir en la primera hispana en la Junta Escolar en el Condado de Orange, siente que tiene el camino pavimentado para lograr esa silla.

Su confianza descansa en haber logrado el endoso de la Federación Americana del Trabajo y Congreso de Organizaciones Industriales (AFL-CIO), uno de los sindicatos más grandes y poderosos en Estados Unidos, que agrupa 56 uniones nacionales e internacionales que suman más de 12 millones de trabajadores, según datos de la propia entidad.

A eso se sumó el apoyo público que le extendió la Asociación de Maestros del Condado de Orange (Accta, en inglés).

“Esos endosos me ponen en una situación más cómoda para ganar pues muchos de los miembros, antes de votar, buscan saber cuáles tienen el apoyo de la unión. Soy la única en esta carrera que tiene esos endosos”, dijo la educadora en la escuela superior Colonial, que ubica en Orlando.

olonial High School teacher Johanna López has been endorsed by the Central Florida AFL-CIO in her bid for Orange County School Board District 2 seat, Lopez’s campaign announced Tuesday.

The Central Florida AFL-CIO, a group of more than 100 local unions in the public and private sector that represents over 70,000 workers in Lake, Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties

“Teachers, as workers, are in a unique position where they are able to elect the bosses that they negotiate with. As such, in our current political climate where educators are under attack at all levels of government, we are proud to stand with all of the candidates for school board endorsed by the Orange County Classroom Teachers Association and we will do everything in our power to make sure they have a seat and a voice on our school board come August” Eric Clinton, President of the Central Florida AFL-CIO, stated in a released by Lopez’s campaign.

This is the second union endorsement for López, who received an early endorsement from the Orange County Classroom Teachers Association (OCCTA) in April. 

Colonial High School teacher Johanna López has been endorsed by the Central Florida AFL-CIO for her run for the Orange County School Board District 2 seat, her campaign announced Tuesday.

The Central Florida AFL-CIO comprises more than 100 local unions with more than 70,000 members throughout Central Florida. Incumbent School Board Member Daryl Flynn is not seeking re-election in the district covering parts of east and south Orange County.

“Teachers, as workers, are in a unique position where they are able to elect the bosses that they negotiate with. As such, in our current political climate where educators are under attack at all levels of government, we are proud to stand with all of the candidates for school board endorsed by the Orange County Classroom Teachers Association and we will do everything in our power to make sure they have a seat and a voice on our school board come August” Eric Clinton, president of the Central Florida AFL-CIO, stated in a news release.

También, Johanna López, maestra del sistema escolar del condado de Orange y candidata a la Junta Escolar de este condado, se sumó a la protesta para defender a los menores y levantar conciencia en la comunidad de las injusticias y cómo ven sus sueños truncados en este país, por no contar con un estatus migratorio legal.

“Esto es inaceptable. Cientos de menores están siendo víctimas de maltratos, tráfico, explotación, violencia, no podemos permanecer silenciosos”, dijo López, quien mencionó situaciones de estudiantes que ha visto a lo largo de su carrera que sufren a consecuencia de su estatus migratorio como: jóvenes que con un alto grado académico no pueden continuar sus estudios; “uno de mis estudiantes fue víctima de violencia doméstica y no denunció por temor a ser arrestado por inmigración, así, puedo contar cientos de historias parecidas”.

The growth in the Puerto Rican population along the I-4 corridor is also encouraging political candidates for local offices including school board, county commission and the state legislature.

Johanna López, a teacher at Colonial High School in Orlando, is a first-time candidate running for the Orange County School Board.

“I’m running because students are not being heard and we need to be more inclusive in our system,” López said. “We need more programs and services for our diverse communities and students of color. We need to be more connected and more culturally sensitive. Every school is different.”

Lopez said she also seeks to address the lack of programs in the school district to help families dislocated by Hurricane Maria, especially evaluating and tracking student performance and development.

State House Representative Carlos Guillermo Smith has endorsed Colonial High School Teacher Johanna López in her bid to represent District 2 on the Orange County School Board.

Smith, who is the first LGTBQ Latino member of the Florida House of Representatives, represents the northern portion of School Board District 2. He stated, “Johanna López has a proven record of being a relentless advocate for our kids, teachers, and parents. With nearly twenty years of success in the classroom, she understands the challenges that exist—especially amongst low income and minority youth."

He added, “Her passion for education has inspired countless students to reach their full potential and has energized an entire community behind her campaign. We need transformational leaders like Johanna López on the Orange County School Board and she has my full support!”

Colonial High School teacher Johanna López has qualified to be on the 2018 election ballot by petition, becoming the first Orange County School Board District 2 candidate to do so.

López, a first-time candidate whose campaign began in December, submitted over 1,230 petitions to the Orange County Supervisor of Elections on Monday. This was possible with the help of over one hundred volunteers, who collected petitions at local stores, by participating in community events, and by knocking on doors.

“As someone who has lived and worked in this district for almost 20 years, it is incredibly humbling to have the community’s support as we seek to bring fairness, empowerment, and safety to Orange County Public Schools. From the newly arrived students from Puerto Rico to the PTA mothers and teachers who believe that guns don’t belong in our classroom, this milestone wouldn’t have been possible without the work of every single person who has taken the time to volunteer for our campaign. Our grassroots movement is just getting started!” stated López.

April 30, 2018

ORLANDO, Fla. — State House Representative Carlos Guillermo Smith has endorsed Colonial High School Teacher Johanna López in her bid to represent District 2 on the Orange County School Board.

Smith, who is the first LGTBQ Latino member of the Florida House of Representatives, represents the northern portion of School Board District 2. He stated, “Johanna López has a proven record of being a relentless advocate for our kids, teachers, and parents. With nearly twenty years of success in the classroom, she understands the challenges that exist—especially amongst low income and minority youth."

He added, “Her passion for education has inspired countless students to reach their full potential and has energized an entire community behind her campaign. We need transformational leaders like Johanna López on the Orange County School Board and she has my full support!”

Colonial High School teacher Johanna López has become the first Orange County School Board candidate to qualify for the ballot.

López, a first-time candidate whose campaign began in December, submitted more than 1,230 petitions to the Orange County Supervisor of Elections on Monday for the District 2 contest, which is for an open seat. The elections office qualified her for the ballot late Thursday.

Her campaign said she had the assistance of more than 100 campaign volunteers. The campaign is fully run by her former students with the advice of teachers and community leaders, according to a news release issued Friday.

“As someone who has lived and worked in this district for almost 20 years, it is incredibly humbling to have the community’s support as we seek to bring fairness, empowerment, and safety to Orange County Public Schools. From the newly arrived students from Puerto Rico to the PTA mothers and teachers who believe that guns don’t belong in our classroom, this milestone wouldn’t have been possible without the work of every single person who has taken the time to volunteer for our campaign. Our grassroots movement is just getting started!” López stated in the release.

Orange County School Board candidate Johanna López, a Colonial High School teacher, has received an endorsement from the Orange County Classroom Teachers Association in the District 2 contest.

 

“We are pleased to endorse Johanna Lopez in her run for the Orange County District 2 School Board seat. Johanna is not just a well-respected, award-winning teacher, but is a tireless advocate for students and public education,” OCCTA President Wendy Doromal stated in a news release issued Tuesday by López’s campaign.

April 10, 2018

Today, the Orange County Classroom Teachers Association announced the endorsements of four candidates for the following Orange County School Board races:

  • Chair – Nancy Robbinson

  • District 1 – Angie Gallo

  • District 2 – Johanna Lopez

  • District 3 – Linda Kobert

Johanna López, quien es docente y candidata al Distrito 2 de la Junta Escolar del Condado de Orange, está en desacuerdo en armar a los empleados de las escuelas porque dice que los maestros no deben ser obligados a portar armas de fuego por leyes que atenten contra la seguridad física y psicológica de los niños.

“Como madre soltera de cuatro hijos, puedo decir que los padres no se sienten seguros sabiendo que sus hijos van a escuelas donde el personal y los maestros están armados. Puedo asegurarles que nuestros estudiantes no quieren que sus maestros estén armados tampoco. Nuestro mensaje es claro: ¡nuestras escuelas no son un campo de batalla!”, dijo la maestra boricua.

Su propuesta es invertir en la salud mental de los estudiantes, en la infraestructura de las escuelas, en la capacitación del personal educativo y no docente y en el suministro de útiles escolares para los maestros y el personal.

Por su parte, la maestra puertorriqueña Johanna López, quien corre por la junta escolar del distrito 2 aseguró que "he sido maestra de Colonial High School por 20 años. Es inspirador ver como nuestra nación y comunidad se han unido para mostrar solidaridad con la seguridad de nuestros niños marchando hoy, y es muy importante porque nuestra juventud está demandado acción”.

La docente agregó que el mensaje es claro y a los maestros no se les debe armar pues “nuestras escuelas no son un campo de batalla y las armas no pertenecen a nuestros salones de clases. Estamos aquí hoy para hacer una declaración clara: nosotros no queremos a nuestros maestros armados”.

“Hasta ahora no he visto ni uno de mis estudiantes que haya dicho que está a favor de armar a los maestros”, aseguró Johanna López, profesora y candidata a la Junta Escolar del condado de Orange. “Nuestras escuelas no son campos de batalla y nuestros estudiantes no quieren ver eso en su salón de clases. Yo creo que la salud mental está siendo gravemente afectada por esos eventos y las armas no van a resolver esos problemas de ansiedad, estrés y depresión”.

Asimismo, López dijo que la idea de armar a los maestros ha sido apresurada sin tomar en cuenta cómo piensa la nación completa. “Estamos en un país democrático y vamos a tomar cartas en el asunto para mejorar la seguridad de las escuelas”, dijo López quien pidió a los padres de familia salir a marchar y decirle no a las armas en las escuelas.

"De igual forma, coincidió la maestra puertorriqueña Johanna López: “estoy totalmente en desacuerdo con armar a los maestros. Creo que la violencia no se puede detener con violencia. Pienso que hay otros métodos que se deben utilizar y se debe tomar cartas en el asunto. El pueblo no debe quedarse en sus casas, deben marchar y además llamar a sus representantes”."

"Colonial High School teacher Johanna López has earned an early endorsement from the Florida National Organization for Women PAC, a progressive organization that advocates for women’s rights across the nation.

 

In a letter announcing the endorsement, Joanner Stenner, who serves as the FL NOW PAC Director, stated, “I would like to congratulate you on behalf of the Florida National Organization for Women’s Political Action Committee. I am pleased to inform you of our decision to endorse your candidacy for the Orange County School Board, District 2. Your local NOW chapter has all the confidence in you that you will make a great School Board member and you have come highly recommended by them.”"

March 01, 2018

Colonial High School teacher Johanna López has announced an early endorsement from the Florida National Organization for Women PAC in her race to be elected to the Orange County School Board in District 2.

 

In a letter announcing the endorsement, Joanner Stenner, who serves as the Florida NOW PAC director, stated, “Your local NOW chapter has all the confidence in you that you will make a great School Board member and you have come highly recommended by them.”

Last year López was selected as a recipient of La Prensa’s Distinguished Women in Education award, recognizing her efforts to bring about fairness and equity into our local public education system.

 

January 01, 2020

"La maestra de Colonial High School, Johanna López, obtuvo el respaldo de la Organización Nacional de Florida para Mujeres PAC, una organización progresista que defiende los derechos de las mujeres en todo el país.

"Me siento extremadamente honrada de contar con el apoyo de Florida NOW, ya que demuestra mi compromiso personal de seguir inspirando a las mujeres jóvenes de la Florida Central", dijo Johanna. "Este respaldo también reconoce el trabajo de nuestra campaña impulsada por personas, que ha sido liderada principalmente por algunos de mis antiguos alumnos y colegas docentes, quienes entienden el valor de traer la perspectiva de un maestro y defensor de la comunidad a la Junta Escolar. Nuestra campaña trata de crear cambios a nivel local, asegurando que todos los estudiantes, maestros y familias de OCPS tengan acceso a equidad, oportunidad y bienestar, incluida la seguridad física y el asesoramiento de salud mental.""

February 23, 2018

"La sugerencia de Trump es un tema que ahora no solamente preocupa a los padres de familia y a los estudiantes sino también a algunos maestros pues algunos no creen que la solución sea colocar un arma en sus manos.​

 

“Me sentiría sumamente incomoda porque yo entiendo que tener un arma de fuego realmente no va a solucionar el problema”, dijo la maestra del condado de Orange, Johanna López, en entrevista con MundoHispánico. “Estamos tratando de solucionar el problema de la misma manera en que se está atacando?”. "

February 05, 2018

"Rodeada por sus estudiantes, López, la primera hispana reconocida como Maestra del Año de las Escuelas Públicas del Condado Orange en el 2017, anunció oficialmente la semana pasada su candidatura. La educadora que ha laborado en Colonial High School por casi dos décadas lo hizo con un discurso ante padres, educadores y simpatizantes en el que se comprometió a extender su lucha más allá del salón de clases por mejores recursos para las escuelas, maestros y los estudiantes que asegura motivaron su candidatura.

“Los estudiantes, muchos maestros y hasta líderes comunitarios me decían, ‘¿Cuándo te vas a lanzar?, porque yo realmente hacía trabajo comunitario con los estudiantes… pero la gente lo veía como un movimiento de estudiantes y una maestra”, acotó López quien asegura se trata de “una campaña de estudiantes para estudiantes” pues son precisamente alumnos y exestudiantes quienes están manejando la misma."

Nonahood News - Johanna López and David Grimm Announce their Candidacies to Represent District 2 on the Orange County School Board

"Two school teachers and Lake Nona locals have announced their candidacies to represent District 2 on the Orange County School Board. Johanna López has been a Spanish teacher at Colonial High School since 1999 and is 2017 OCPS Teacher of the Year. David Grimm is a Lake Nona High School and Innovation Middle School teacher and Orange County school teacher for the past 20 years.  

López makes a great impact in the lives of her students each and every day, not only in academia but also in extracurriculars and sports. López is known for her students’ consistent perfect passing scores in the national AP Spanish Language and AP Spanish Literature exams. She also has served as Colonial’s Girls’ Varsity Volleyball Coach and Hispanic Honor Society Sponsor."

January 20, 2018

"La puertorriqueña Johanna López, la primera maestra de origen hispano galardonada con el premio de Maestra del Año en el sistema de escuelas públicas del Condado de Orange, ahora ha puesto su mira en lograr ser electa a la Junta Escolar de ese distrito escolar.

Las juntas escolares son el ente rector de las escuelas y, en este estado, sus miembros son seleccionados como parte del proceso  eleccionario. Las de este año son en agosto y López está clara que las puertas que este importante premio le abrió en el 2016 son un trampolín que le podría ayudar a entrar a este escenario donde se toman decisiones vitales para la vida de miles de estudiantes y maestros..."

December 20, 2017

"Johanna López, a Colonial High School teacher and community advocate, announced last week her run for District 2 on the Orange County School Board. If she is elected, López will be the first Latina member of the Orange County School Board.

López is also the 2017 OCPS Teacher of the Year, with a track record of excellence. She has been a Spanish teacher at Colonial High School since 1999. She is a teacher known for her students’ consistent passing rates in the national AP Spanish Language and Literature exams. She has also served the community as Colonial’s Girls Varsity Volleyball coach and Hispanic Honor Society sponsor."

December 14, 2017

"Colonial High School teacher Johanna López has filed to run for the open District 2 seat on the Orange County School Board.

López, a former Orange County “Teacher of the Year” award winner, filed Wednesday to enter an already-crowded field to succeed Orange County School Board Member Daryl Flynn... "

"The bell rings just before 11 a.m. and within minutes, students trickle into Spanish teacher Johanna Lopez's classroom at Colonial High, lunch trays in hand.

 

A gaggle of students regularly eat in Lopez's room, where she counsels them about troubles with their moms. And about their boyfriends. And about their clubs and afterschool activities.

Long before Lopez was recognized as this year's Orange County Teacher of the Year, her students knew she stood out.

"She's more than a teacher," said Keyla Dominguez, 17. "She's like your friend.""

"Colonial High School Spanish teacher Johanna Lopez was named the 2017 Orange County Teacher of the Year during a ceremony at the Rosen Centre Hotel Wednesday night.

Lopez is the first Hispanic teacher at Orange County Public Schools to receive the award.

“It is very satisfying seeing my students growing intellectually and as leaders through the months,” Lopez said. “We grow together as a team and learn reciprocally.”"

December 05, 2017

"En ello coincidió la maestra puertorriqueña Johanna López, quien ha tenido en sus aulas en Orlando a estudiantes beneficiarios de DACA excelentes, como Athziri Barrera, quien se graduó como Valedictorian, y otros alumnos con gran potencial y metas altas por cumplir, pero que están en riesgo por la terminación del programa DACA y tienen su esperanza en el Congreso.

“Esto me ayuda a pensar más en mis hijos, estudiantes, todos en general, porque ¿qué esperanza pueden tener para salir adelante si no lo pueden hacer por un estatus migratorio?… Yo les digo hay una esperanza, por eso tenemos que promover que nos unamos y hagamos eco de esta situación. La atención debe ser unida, no diversificada, por estos estudiantes que conocen a este como su único país, que hablan inglés como su primer idioma”, destacó la maestra."

November 15, 2017

"La escuela Colonial High, celebró hoy otro capitulo de lo que se ha denominado Latinos en Acción, es un grupo fundado y dirigido por la profesora Johanna López, con el objetivo dice ella le levantar al estudiante hispano y llevarlo a una dimensión de poder y estabilidad en medio de las dificultades."

 

Latinos in Action invites leaders to tell their experiences

"Today, Colonial High School held another chapter of what has been called Latinos in Action, a group founded and led by Johanna Lopez, with the goal of empowering Latino students and taking them into a dimension of power and stability amid difficulties. "

November 09, 2017

"The students who recently arrived in Florida [from Puerto Rico] are still pretty shaken up. Many of them share their first period of the day together — a class taught by Spanish teacher Johanna Lopez. One of their assignments is to present their short-term goals to the class. Many have similar agendas: Get good grades. Join the soccer team. Apply to college.

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