Teacher Spotlight: Isis Lopez

Have you met Ms. Isis Lopez yet? Ms. Lopez is originally from Mexico City and moved to Nevada at the age of six. In 2004, she left her career in travel and tourism and moved to Las Vegas to pursue her life long dream to become an educator. She attended Nevada State College and received her BA with honors in elementary education with a concentration in bilingual education. She graduated with her M.Ed. in educational leadership from Concordia University.  Learn more about Ms. Lopez in this edition of Teacher Spotlight!
How long have you been a teacher?
I’ve been in education for 18 years.  I began as an ESL teacher’s assistant and my supervisor inspired and encouraged me to become a teacher. Upon graduation from college, I had the opportunity to work at a charter school in downtown Las Vegas before joining Alexander Dawson in 2015.  I have experience teaching first through sixth grade and I’m currently enjoying my time in fourth grade as I have the privilege of working with the original group of first-graders I taught here at Dawson.

What’s your favorite thing about teaching at Dawson?
Though my students and their families are one of my favorite things about Dawson, I can’t leave out just how amazing Dawson has been to me. Dawson has given me ample opportunities to excel as a learner, teacher and innovator.  I have attended several conferences, participated in Teacher Academy professional development, and learned from fellow colleagues. Dawson gives me the tools I need to be an effective teacher and colleague to others.

What is your biggest goal for this school year?
As I complete my first year in fourth grade, my goal is to ensure that when my students leave my class, they feel confident in themselves and are ready to take on any challenges they may face in Middle School and in the rest of their lives. I want them to excel in all they do.

How did you discover your own Brave Voice?
My dad has always loved sharing the story of my experience in first grade as a non-English speaker. I recall him asking me if I made any friends at school to which I replied, yes. Intrigued, because I didn’t speak English, he asked how I communicated with them. I told him that I used my words. Still intrigued, he asked me to show him the words I used to communicate. As I began to speak, he giggled but acknowledged my efforts to make myself heard even if I had to invent my own language that resulted in me sounding like a buzzing bee. I realize now that since then, I was making sure to be heard regardless of any obstacles I faced.

What is one thing about you that would surprise your students?
My students would be surprised to know that growing up all I ever wanted to be was an art teacher.  Throughout elementary and middle school, I entered and won several contests, including one through the post office where they displayed my drawing for several months. Also, I am an avid fan of Bob Ross’s videos.

What is your favorite thing to do when you aren’t working?
My husband and I enjoy taking long-distance road trips and stopping at National Parks along the way, traveling to Mexico City, and spending time with our families and friends. I also enjoy cooking for friends, attending cultural events, and eating out at various “hole-in-the-wall” places that offer delicious food!

What are you most proud of?
My family makes me proud, but I must admit that I am most proud and thankful for my parents.  Their quest for a better life meant they risked and sacrificed anything and everything immigrating to a new country in search of a better life for them and myself. Through their sheer determination and perseverance, they taught me that I could accomplish anything I set my mind to do.  They have always encouraged me to pursue my goals in life and to never give up regardless of the obstacles I face along my journey. It’s because of their unconditional support and love that I am the woman I am today.

The Alexander Dawson School

Welcome to The Alexander Dawson School at Rainbow Mountain! Located in Summerlin, a suburb of Las Vegas, Nevada, The Alexander Dawson School is a non-sectarian, non-profit school offering students in preschool through eighth grade an inspired and meaningful education. Students achieve their individual potential while savoring life and meeting the challenges of the world.