Hola. My name is Laura López. I am the Spanish teacher for PK through 8th grade here at St. John the Evangelist. I share my time between two schools within the Archdiocese of Chicago. I am at St. John’s on Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays. I currently live in Gurnee, IL with my husband and our son and daughter. My commute is a long one, but it is worth it!
Prior to moving to IL, I taught Spanish at Holy Family Parish School in Whitefish Bay, WI. Although I grew up in WI and returned to it in 2010, I have lived all over the United States and abroad. I went out east for college, and I received my B.A. from Dartmouth College in Linguistics with a minor in Spanish in 2001. During college I studied for a term in Puebla, Mexico. I also received a fellowship to work in the Dominican Republic for 6 months. While there, I taught in a local school and supported myself by tutoring foreigners in Spanish and also working as a Spanish/English translator for a local translation company.
I met my husband at Dartmouth just before graduation. After college, we moved to Austin, TX where I worked on a bilingual education research project. From there life took us to Durango, CO where both of our children were born. When God brought my family to WI, I began teaching Zumba along with privately tutoring Spanish. Once both of my children were in school, I began teaching Spanish at Holy Family.
I love languages in general, and I feel so fortunate to get to teach Spanish every day. I believe learning another language and exploring other cultures make us more compassionate members of this world. The more languages we can learn, the better!
I feel so blessed to be a part of St. John’s and to get to teach all of the students at this loving, vibrant school. I look forward to watching them grow in Spanish class.