When I started the Alumni Watch I wasn’t sure where it would lead to or if folks would even read them. It’s taken off and in the past I have emphasized to watch were these folks are going in the future. That is not the case or at least I hope it is not the case for March’s Alumni Watch Honoree. As an athletic trainer, we are often the ones behind the scenes who don’t get the credit while the spotlight is on others as it should be in sports as well as in high school. Priscilla (Lancarte) Lopez is just like an athletic trainer in the classroom for Trimble Tech High School and that is why she is the March Alumni Watch Honoree! Mrs. Lopez is the definition of “I be a Bulldog, who be you?!?!” Mrs. Lopez doesn’t say no and often is helping with multiple projects at one time. Without fail, Mrs. Lopez can be found in the stands at football games and other sporting events with her husband and young son throughout the school year. Although hopefully you stay put here at Tech for a long time to come Mrs. Lopez, as I am sure we all are, I am honored to spotlight you as the March Alumni Watch!
What year did you graduate from Trimble Tech? 1994
What was your major when you were at Tech? Business
Were you involved in any sports or extracurricular activities?
Spanish Club, Business Professionals of America, Math Club
Who was your favorite teacher while you were at Tech? Ms. Voelker
What is your take away from that teacher that you still remember today?
If you see something wrong going on do your best to stop it, even if you are the only one.
What was your best memory while you were at Tech?
Hanging out with my friends at the football games. It didn’t matter to us if the team was winning or not that was our schools team and we were going to support them rain or shine.
Cinco de Mayo programs with the Spanish club helping to make decorations, dancing in the program celebrating our heritage. Mr. Cruz and Mrs. Lopez (I can’t remember her first name) spent so much time and energy to put that program on for the school each year.
What was the moment, at Tech or otherwise, that you knew being a teacher was what you wanted to do?
It was about 1995 or 1996 that I went up to the school with my brother who was a student at the time and I ran into Ms. Volker. She asked what my plans were after college and I told her I was going to be a writer. She smiled and said “That’s nice but how are you going to pay your bills.” She was always very blunt. Before I could give her and answer she said “Be a teacher. You have summers off to do your writing.” It seemed like a sensible plan so I thought why not try.
Do you believe Tech prepared you for the college life?
The skills I learned at Tech gave my classmates and me the opportunity to get out of our neighborhoods and see what else the world had to offer if you were willing to try.
Tech prepared us for college by teaching us that the world is going judge you by how you look before they take the time to get to know you but it is your job to decide you are going to let their judgment keep you from accomplishing your goals.
What is was the biggest adjustment from high school to college classes/life?
Not having your friends there with you for support.
What are you doing now?
This year I am teach Reading 1-3 and English IV.
Why do you do what you do?
It’s my calling. I want to help this generation of Bulldogs reach their potential and not be scared to go outside their comfort zone the way my teachers did for me.
Was it weird stepping back on the Tech campus after being a student and being a teacher? Definitely but it was also like coming back home. Seeing so many of the same teachers still there from when I was a student.
Were there any of your teachers still working when you got the job?
Yes. Ms. Voelker, Ms. MItchell, Ms. Jackson, Ms. Stergeius, Mr. Cruz, Ms. Penland, Mr. Cambell, Ms. Maniece, Ms. Allen,
Was it weird working with them after being one of their students?
Yes at first anytime I would talk to them I would get nervous thinking in their minds they were grading me.
What activities/programs/etc. have you been involved with over the years here at Trimble Tech?
Natural Helpers, Spanish Club , LULAC, AVID, Sr. Day breakfast and program, Graduation, Sr. Class Sponsor. , Freshman camps. I try to help out whenever I can because it gives me the opportunity to get to know the students better.
What do you look forward to the most being a teacher at Tech every year?
Homecoming. Seeing my old students come back to visit and finding out what they are doing now.
What advice would you give our seniors and underclassman and the end of the year is right around the corner?
No matter where you come from you can accomplish your dreams if you are willing to WORK for it.
What is your biggest achievement so far in your career/life?
In my career it would be having been able to spend the last 17 1/2 years of my life working at my old high school.
In life it would be my family.
Where do you see yourself ten years down the road?
Still here teaching English IV to a class of 18 year-olds ready to take on the world.
What is the ultimate goal/dream for you and your career?
There are a few things I would like to see happen before I retire. One is to bring in more literature that has characters/heroes/ role models that represents our student’s cultural background.
Secondly for the rest of the district to realize how great our school is and realize all the opportunities we provide for our students
As always, we are always on the look out for Tech Alumni who can be spotlighted in the Alumni Watch. Please let me know of any future honorees. Here is the link with more info: