Florida Senate - 2016                            (NP)    SR 1774
       By Senator Soto
       14-03814A-16                                          20161774__
    1                          Senate Resolution                        
    2         A resolution recognizing the outstanding contributions
    3         of Johanna Lopez as an educator and a mentor and
    4         congratulating her on her designation as the Orange
    5         County Public Schools’ “Teacher of the Year.”
    7         WHEREAS, Johanna Lopez was born in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico,
    8  where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Hispanic studies from
    9  the University of Puerto Rico and later, a Master of Arts in
   10  higher education from the Universidad Interamericana de Puerto
   11  Rico, and
   12         WHEREAS, in 1998, Johanna Lopez relocated to Orlando, where
   13  she began her career at Colonial High School as a foreign
   14  language teacher, and
   15         WHEREAS, Johanna Lopez went on to start and teach an
   16  Advanced Placement (AP) Spanish Literature and Culture course at
   17  Colonial High School and later served for a decade as a College
   18  Board reader, and
   19         WHEREAS, Johanna Lopez was a volleyball coach for the
   20  Colonial High School junior varsity boys volleyball team before
   21  moving on to become the head coach for the varsity girls
   22  volleyball team, and
   23         WHEREAS, Johanna Lopez is the current AP Spanish language
   24  professional learning community facilitator for the Orange
   25  County Public Schools and conducts seminars on strategies for AP
   26  Spanish language examination and classroom techniques, and
   27         WHEREAS, Johanna Lopez has increased the number of AP
   28  Spanish language students at Colonial High School, where, for
   29  the first time in history, 12 AP Spanish language courses are
   30  offered, and
   31         WHEREAS, in 2015, Johanna Lopez achieved a 100 percent
   32  passing rate in her AP Spanish Literature and Culture and AP
   33  Spanish Language and Culture courses at Colonial High School,
   34  and
   35         WHEREAS, Johanna Lopez is the sponsor for the Sociedad
   36  Honoraria Hispánica, in which more than 17 nationalities are
   37  represented, and society members have contributed more than
   38  2,100 community service hours, and
   39         WHEREAS, in 2015, Johanna Lopez took part in the Puerto
   40  Rican Leadership Summit at the University of Central Florida,
   41  and
   42         WHEREAS, Johanna Lopez was recognized as Colonial High
   43  School’s 2015-2016 “Teacher of the Year” for her hard work and
   44  dedication to the Spanish language curriculum, and
   45         WHEREAS, on February 17, 2016, Johanna Lopez became the
   46  first Puerto Rican woman to be named the Orange County Public
   47  Schools’ “Teacher of the Year,” and
   48         WHEREAS, Johanna Lopez is passionate about teaching and
   49  believes that all children can learn and thrive in a learning
   50  environment that is stimulating, comforting, and appropriate for
   51  their abilities, NOW, THEREFORE,
   53  Be It Resolved by the Senate of the State of Florida:
   55         That Johanna Lopez is recognized for her outstanding
   56  contributions as an educator and a mentor and congratulated on
   57  her designation as the Orange County Public Schools’ “Teacher of
   58  the Year.”