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  • No Photo AvailableLeslie Lopez

    Faculty Specialist


    • Institute for Teacher Education


    • 1993 B.A. Language/History University of Southern Colorado
    • 1996 K-12 Teaching Language Arts, Social Studies, TESOL New Mexico Highlands University
    • 2001 M.A. Educational Leadership New Mexico Highlands University
    • 2013 Ph.D Educational Technology University of Hawaii at Manoa

    Brief Biography

    Dr. Leslie A. Lopez joined the faculty of the Center for Teaching Excellence in Spring of 2012 as an assistant faculty specialist. Leslie was the first to develop and teach online courses using both synchronous and asynchronous platforms for the Institute of Teacher Education, Secondary Program. Since 2005, at the College of Education Leslie taught over 45 courses with ethical and writing focus designations courses to over 500 students in addition to supervising, coordinating, and placing pre-service teachers with mentor teachers in Hawai‘i’s schools. At the Center for Teaching Excellence, Leslie serves as a university resource for professional development and collegial collaboration emphasizing practice as well as the integration of technology in meaningful ways.

    Her dissertation, "Connecting Classroom Practice to Concepts of Culturally Responsive Teaching: Video Analysis in an Online Teacher Education Course” examined how localized video of a practicing teacher impacts pre-service teachers’ ability to learn culturally responsive teaching methods and targeted strategies in an online course, and how pre-service teachers’ mitigate course content with what they already know. Recommendation for future research includes viewing the integration of technology in education from the theoretical lens of labor theory as useful in identifying real-world philosophical, economic, and practical implications the innovation will have on teacher educators, teachers and students.

    A licensed teacher and administrator, Leslie has been involved in all aspects of K-16 education including research and public/private school administration. Research work includes the Culturally Responsive Response to Intervention project at the Center on Disability Studies. The project addressed the disproportionate number of Native Hawaiian students receiving Special Education services and combined field-based technical assistance with cultural reflection, evidence-based strategies, and tiered intervention techniques for teachers. Her research interests include teacher training, indigenous education, media literacy, technology and labor theory, ESL/ELL and TESOL methods, and culturally responsive teaching. Dr. Lopez has taught at Kamehameha Schools and 'Iolani summer programs as well as co-teaching with teachers in various public and charter schools on 'Oahu and Hawai'i islands. Her administrative experience includes serving as a public school principal in northern New Mexico, as well as the Dean of Student Development at an intertribal college preparatory school for Native American students.

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