Title: Bilingual Educator
Location: Houston, Texas, United States
Herminia G. Lopez, Bilingual Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in bilingual education.
Since she was a child, Ms. Lopez had many supporters who helped and guided her throughout her schooling. Her mother had dropped out of school in the first grade, but she loved learning and never gave up. She wanted her daughter to be educated, so she made her it her mission to help her succeed in school. They would sit down and sound out words together, as her mother constantly encouraged her to continue practicing. Outside of Ms. Lopez’s family, Ms. Maryanne Daily would give her workbooks and help her improve her reading and writing skills. When it came time to attend college, she could not afford tuition, but Mr. Tate and Ms. Ruby Webb helped her enroll at an affordable school. Ms. Lopez matriculated at the University of Houston, Clear Lake, where she studied Texas history and English, earning a Bachelor of Science in 1984 and a Master of Science in 1986.
In 1971, Ms. Lopez started seeing that companies needed bilingual employees, so she began translating papers for lawyers and school districts. She was then hired by La Salle as an educator assistant and remained in her position for six years. From 1977 to 2012, she worked at the Goose Creek Consolidated Independent School District as a first-grade teacher, parent educator, second-grade teacher and a local regents state representative for the Migrant Program. Since 2012, she has been a teacher of Spanish at a local church. As a testament to her success, Ms. Lopez received the Lee College Educational Access and Completion Committee Award of Excellence in 2019, was named LEE College Student Success Person of the Year in 2014 and was nominated as Teacher of the Year by Districts Bilingual Teachers Association in 1992. Notably, she is also listed in numerous editions of Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who in American Education and the 63rd edition of Who’s Who in America.
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