Marlene Lista-Lopez

Marlene Lista-Lopez

Special Education Teacher

Lubbock ISD

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


My road in life took a while to figure out.
My first degree was in Business - Consumer Science and Merchandising
I worked in retail for 20 years - sales associate - Visual Manager-Store Manager
Decided to go back to school.
Now I am a teacher.


High School
Sam Rayburn High
Special Education and Teaching, General
Sam Houston State University


Special Education Teacher

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

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Teaching / Mentoring

Day to Day

I develop creative and meaningful lessons based on the needs of my diverse student population. I have to meet the academic and emotional needs of my students. I also follow up with colleagues and collaborate to better my teaching. I also collect and compile data to assist my students to master their academic/functional goals.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

You have to be organized and have the ability to adapt to any given situation. Not every student is the same. You also need to have patience, because you are dealing with a special group of kiddoes.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Go to as many fob fairs possible. Make sure you sell yourself and your abilities. And look into subbing and use that time to network.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

Special Education and Teaching, General


The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

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

Challenges I Overcame