April’s Dual Language Teacher of the Month: Thalia Lopez

This April, it is a special time to honor teachers as our world is in the moment of a crisis. Now more than ever, teachers are contributing to the everyday life during a pivotal point in future generations lives. We have chosen to honor someone who has had a major impact on her students’ lives, and has been constantly inspiring us since we first learned of her. With that, we tell you about Thalia Lopez, an inspiring educator, incredible person, and phenomenal role model.

Thalia has been teaching for the past 9 years. She began her career at a Spanish Immersion preschool for 5 years, one year at a Child Development Center, one year at a Public School and this is now her second year teaching kindergarten at a Le Monde International School, located in Norman, Oklahoma.

As a young girl, I always dreamed of helping others and becoming a teacher because my teachers were able to make learning so much fun. My teachers fostered within me a desire to make learning fun and interesting.

Le Monde’s curriculum director, Monica Suyo, was Thalia’s high school teacher. They kept in touch over the years, and one day she emailed Thalia regarding an opening at the school where their main focus is language immersion.

Thalia’s classroom stands out because of her classroom culture; she fosters relationships among her students that create an incredibly positive community, even providing parents with creative, instructional strategies or methods that they can use at home to extend the learning from the classroom to their home. Of course, there has never been a more crucial time to incorporate learning at home.

My favorite part of being a teacher is being able to establish so many relationships with students and their families and being able to share the love of language with them.

Thalia is an exemplary teacher as she encompasses the meaning of biliteracy. To her, it is much more than the literal definition. It means to have knowledge in two different languages and to be accepting of others cultures and traditions.When you see her classroom, it is evident that promoting biliteracy in the classroom is her number one priority as an educator. Thalia doesn’t just see her students as that, but as future bilingual leaders of our community. She sees them being more adaptable to the world around them, along with being ready for infinite career opportunities.

I hope that five, ten, twenty years from now, my students will remember me or experiences from our class. I try to find the most effective and positive strategies for teaching, I do this to build relationships and connect with them. I want them to remember me as a fun, caring teacher that loved to greet them every morning and loved them dearly.

We hope that this inspires appreciation for how wonderful teaching can be, and we are so grateful to the many parents becoming teachers during this time, and the teachers who have stepped to the plate.

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