Julie Lopez makes school fun at Savannah Heights Intermediate School by making learning a game. Every day she stages a contest as students race to find definitions in the dictionary in her Fifth Grade reading class.
"She's just the best. I feel comfortable with her because she is so exciting" said Fifth grader Maria Ramirez.
With her animated and engaging style, Julie Lopez helps her students to achieve their personal best.
"From the day they walk in to the day they leave, I want to help them realize their abilities and that each can be successful. I try to help them see they are talented, each has different talents and can achieve their goals," said Lopez.
This is her tenth year teaching and this is her life.
"I wanted to become a teacher ever since I was in kindergarten. I just knew I wanted to share my love of learning. I don't have any chlordan so these are my babies. When I go out and someone asks 'How many kids do you have?' I say 76 and they freak out! I make a personal connection. I take my role a step further. You'll see me at football games, you'll see me at community functions. I don't just get involved with these students in the classroom but outside as well so the parents can see I truly care about the students and their families," said Lopez.
It's a dedication that makes a difference.
She's just awesome. She always ask me if I'm doing okay. She checks on each of us to make sure we are understanding the assignment," said fifth grader Kagan Weikle.
Excellence in the dictionary could be defined as Julie Lopez.