Monterey Hills Elementary School will be welcoming Bryant Lopez as the new assistant principal come this fall.
His hiring was announced by the South Pasadena Unified School District on July 18, and he comes into the position having previously served as the district’s physical education specialist since 2012, the district said.
“I have been working at South Pasadena Unified for the past seven years and have met many passionate administrators, teachers and staff members,” Lopez told The Review in an email. “During this time, I also have seen my students grow tremendously, and I have worked to build strong relationships with parents.”
As a bilingual physical education specialist, Lopez planned and organized diverse programs for all five district schools. He worked to develop individual education plans for students and helped form different teaching techniques to aid students in meeting their goals.
In working with special education and general education teachers, he offered ideas and resources to help support the physical education experience for students with disabilities. In addition, he partnered annually with the Special Olympics to provide funding and programs to South Pasadena High School and South Pasadena Middle School.
Lopez earned a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and a master’s degree in educational administration from California State University, Los Angeles, in addition to certification in physical education and adapted physical education.
Come this fall, he is looking forward to sharing his knowledge and passion with the school body to forge a strong learning environment.
“In my new role as assistant principal I hope to expand upon this foundation and support the mission and vision of Monterey Hills Elementary,” said Lopez. “I am excited to be the latest addition to the Road Runner family!”
Personally, Lopez enjoys traveling and collecting records. Outside of class, he pursues boxing, hiking, swimming, running and practicing meditation and mindfulness.