Margarita Lopez, 10th Grade English Language Arts
Margarita, a Brooklyn native, attended Brooklyn College in New York City where she studied Journalism and Creative Writing. While at Brooklyn College she realized her commitment to social justice and what it means for her to be an activist - by being an active member in organizations she was (and remains) passionate about: newspaper, the Puerto-Rican Alliance, and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Alliance.
In 2014, Margarita completed a Master of Arts program at Teachers College, Columbia University in Secondary Teaching of English/English Education. While at Teachers College, Margarita's commitment to social justice through working in education strengthened.
She is a writer who believes in using media literacy as a vessel to get young people to think critically and begin to unpack larger themes and messages that permeate their lives. Margarita asks her students to push against the media and provide alternative perspectives for viewing their world. At the core of her pedagogy, Margarita believes that young peoples' voices are essential to the way that we navigate literature and the world around us.
When Margarita isn't teaching, she is spending time with friends, writing, traveling and spending time with her partner and their English Bulldog, Langston at the dog park.