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Marlene Lista-Lopez

Marlene Lista-Lopez

Lubbock ISD

"You need to be in it for the outcome, not the income."

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Marlene's work combines: Education, Technology, and Teaching / Mentoring

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Day In The Life

Special Education Teacher

I provide instruction and personal care services for students that are intellectually disabled.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

    Sam Rayburn High

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Special Education and Teaching, General

    Sam Houston State University

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a Special Education Teachers, Secondary School:

Bachelor's Degree: Special Education and Teaching, General

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    My first degree was in Business - Consumer Science and Merchandising

  • 2.

    I worked in retail for 20 years - sales associate - Visual Manager-Store Manager

  • 3.

    Decided to go back to school.

  • 4.

    Now I am a teacher.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Society in general:

    You should not teach. You will not make any money.

  • How I responded:

    Just remember if you go into teaching you need to be ready to work hard. After all you need to be in it for the outcome not the income.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • I had to work full time while attending college. It took me a little longer, but I never gave up.