Eliza Lopez honored as an outstanding teacher
Eliza Lopez honored as an outstanding teacher
Posted on 10/01/2019
Eliza Lopez

English teacher Eliza Lopez was selected by Nogales Unified School District Superintendent Fernando Parra as this year’s first Superintendent’s Outstanding Teacher award.
Lopez was presented a certificate at the NUSD governing board meeting Sept. 23. Supt. Parra said he selected her as the first educator recipient of the Superintendent’s Outstanding Educator Award due to her ability to engage students as well as her ability to use effective strategies to increase student achievement.
Lopez is a graduate of Nogales High School herself. She began her teaching career at NHS nine years ago as a physical education teacher before transferring to the English Department where she teaches Honors English to sophomores and seniors. Currently, she is the coordinator for the Senior Exhibition, which means she oversees the program, which all seniors have to complete in order to graduate.
Lopez and one of her classes were featured on the PBS television show Arizona 360. The program examined why Nogales High School’s graduation rate of 98 percent is 20 percent higher than the state average, given its high minority and poverty rate. Lopez explained that it was due to everyone working together and the support students receive.
At the governing board meeting, Lopez said she was hesitant at first to transfer from being a P.E. teacher to an English teacher, but said she now “loves” what she is doing, and added that what makes her the happiest is “being a teacher.”