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Teacher Lopez, Social Science

"If history were past, history wouldn't matter. History is the present. You and I are history. We carry our history. We act our history."
-James Baldwin 

About me: 
Hello! I am Ms. Lopez. My family is Maya- Mam indigenous people from Guatemala and I was born and raised here in South Central LA/ South Bay area. I also attended King/Drew as a high school student many centuries ago. In this class you will be supported to learn how to share your thoughts and reflections using historical and present evidence. Hopefully you leave this class knowing that you are an agent of change. I will do my best to make this class as interesting and accessible as possible. Together we will all be responsible for building a safe space and a positive learning environment in our classroom. I hope we can all be gentle, tender, patient and kind with each other during these times. 

As I introduce myself I must acknowledge that we as a society are going through some historic times. The Covid-19 pandemic may have or is currently affecting our families lives in one way or form. In addition to a pandemic we find ourselves in the middle of social change to make Black Lives Matter in our country and around the world. I want to tell you that I am here with you on this path. We are currently living history and I hope that we get to learn how the past has shaped what is happening around the world and this country today.
See you in room 414! 
PS: Some random facts about me- My favorite movies include Harry Potter, Jurassic Park and Star Wars. I love to play the piano, guitar, and ukulele. Some of my favorite songs come from 94.7 The Wave and my favorite color is purple.
  • Social Science, California State Teaching Credential
  • Master of Arts in Teaching History, Bard College
  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Bachelor of Arts in Ethnic Studies, U.C. Riverside 
  • Professional Development: Los Angeles Harbor Community College
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  • Ethnic Studies
  • Honors U.S. History
  • U.S. History
Class Materials:
  • Notebook (100-120 pages) 
  • Pen/Pencil
  • Chromebook
  • Optional/Helpful: Colors, Mini Stapler, Glue Stick 
Class Required Applications/ Websites: 
  • RemindMe: Messages/Alerts
  • Google Classroom: Assignments
  • Schoology: Grades