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.
In a press release announcing her run, López said, “As a mother of four and as a lifelong educator, I have gained the necessary skills to fully understand the problems being faced by our county’s public schools. At the same time, through my experiences working with different OCPS departments and community organizations, I have learned about potential solutions that could make our schools more innovative, more inclusive, and much safer. This candidacy is about ensuring that the voices of all students, teachers, staff members, administrators, and community members are well represented in our School Board.” said López.
Not a stranger to recognition, López was also recognized in 2016 as the first Latina Teacher of the Year in Orange County’s entire history. A community advocate, she founded Familias Presentes: Estudiantes Excelentes, an online forum directed to making parents aware of educational issues and opportunities.
López noted the important role all of her students have played in her decision to run for the District 2 seat. “At first, I was really hesitant about entering this race because of how polarized our political system has become. However, after many conversations in which my students and former students encouraged me to run, I realized how this candidacy could potentially empower our community. Without a doubt, this will be a people-powered campaign, primarily led by my former and current students,” said López.