Duke University, M.A.T. in Social Studies Education
Jennifer Lopez was born and raised in Lancaster, California to a supportive and loving family. She is currently in her fourth year of teaching as the sixth grade history teacher at PUC Nueva Esperanza Charter Academy (NECA) in San Fernando, California. At NECA, she serves as the girls’ soccer coach, as the student council advisor, and as an Induction Mentor. This past year, Jennifer coached her girls' soccer team to an undefeated season, becoming both the league and district champions.
Jennifer loves to travel, and during the last two summers, participated in highly selective teacher professional development travel groups to India and China. Jennifer is an active member of Educators 4 Excellence (E4E), and worked on the E4E's Teacher Policy Team that wrote "One School of Thought: Moving Towards the Common Core." The paper focused on effective Common Core Implementation, with her group specifically focusing on recommendations that involved teacher leadership at schools.
Jennifer has also presented at several conferences across the country, including the California Charter School Association (CCSA) Conference, California World History Association Conference, Northwest World History Association Conference, the International Learning Disabilities Association Conference, the ECET2 Los Angeles Conference, and Partnership to Uplift Communities Annual Community of Practice Day. As a teacher leader at NECA, she has presented during professional development at her school, focusing on academic discourse, cognitively engaging lessons, and effective SPED strategies that have been successful in her classroom. She focuses on having an inclusive and multi-modal classroom, making sure all students can access the content she teaches. Her ultimate goal is to someday open her very own school in her hometown of Lancaster.
Educators 4 Excellence published paper: http://www.educators4excellence.org/lacommoncore
CCSA Conference link: https://www.charterconference.org/2015/7890003
PUC Nueva Esperanza School Site: http://www.pucschools.org/nuevaesperanzacharteracademy/
ECET2 conference program (Session 1a): https://sites.google.com/site/ecet2la/sessions
Awards & Accolades
While at UCLA, Jennifer was a Dr. Ralph J. Bunche Scholar, Latino Alumni Association Scholar, and Lew and Edie Wasserman Grant Recipient. As an undergraduate student, she conducted research through the Educators for Tomorrow Honors Research program, worked at the UCLA Undergraduate Admissions Office, and served as a teaching assistant for the undergraduate education course titled "Academic Success in the Undergraduate Experience." She is also an Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT) summer intern alumni, and was on the Dean's List all four years. At her RAZA graduation, she served as the student speaker, and graduated Magna Cum Laude.
While at Duke, Jennifer received the Wachovia Excellence Scholarship, which was a full tuition scholarship for her MAT degree. She also received the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) Travel Award.