Second Grade Team
Barbara Lopez Navarro has taught first, second and third grade all in a dual language setting. Her favorite subjects to teach are math, social studies and science. Barbara is fluent in Spanish and English. She has taught classes in both languages to students ranging from 6 to 72 years of age. She teaches financial literacy classes for the immigrant communities and at risk youth. She began teaching financial literacy after working in the financial services field as a corporate trainer and seeing a great need to help people learn more about how money works. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in International Business Management and a Masters in Education from the University of New Mexico. She has had the opportunity to facilitate courses in Mexico and Europe in sales, customer service and leadership. She loves spending time with her children and family. Barbara enjoys travelling and learning about new cultures.
Maria Teresa Lopez-Flores
I was born and raised in México City where, in 2006, I obtained my BS in Actuarial Science. Right after graduation, I got a job at Nielsen as a Marketing Research Account Executive. I worked there for three years before coming to the U.S. My original plan was to come to the States, to improve my English skills and go back to México; however, I met my husband and my plans changed completely. In 2012, my husband and I moved to Albuquerque.
My experience in the educational field started in 2009. Since that time, I have been in the classroom in many capacities. These capacities include math tutor, 9th-grade Algebra teacher,
Spanish tutor, substitute teacher, 2nd-grade bilingual teacher, and most recently co-teacher for a graduate Math class. Ever since I can remember I have been particularly interested in mathematics. Throughout my mathematical educational journey, I encountered teachers who were dedicated to their profession who inspired me. Having these role models inspired me to pursue a doctoral degree. In 2018, I started a Ph.D. program which focuses on helping bilingual elementary students develop strong mathematical foundations.
I grew up in Mexicali Baja California, Mexico. My husband, two children and I moved to Albuquerque in 2002. In 2005 I continued my formal education and became a bilingual teacher in 2010. Throughout my career I have worked in different schools and districts in 1st, 2nd and combo classes as a dual language teacher. In 2014 I earned a Master Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. I am very motivated to teach students to continue to learn in their first language as well as teach childrens to learn in a second language. In my free time I enjoy watching movies with my family and I am looking forward to continuing my education.