Elizabeth Lopez
Ambassador, Academy

Elizabeth Lopez

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

I believe that learning must evolve around a child's needs and abilities. The key to realising this is to be bold and courageous in allowing learners to explore, discover and chart their own learning journeys. Our role is to nurture a passion to learn, to spark their interest and and to assure them that their dreams and aspirations are theirs to own.

I have been in education for the last 33 years, the first 26 of which I was a classroom teacher, a teacher trainer and an officer in the Ministry of Education.  From 2010 to 2017, I was involved in leading a tech-ed initiative across national schools in Malaysia.  These days I am in a position to bring my experience and expertise to schools and organizations that share my passion and my interests. 

I have two daughters and a furry friend and love reading, music, walking and travelling.  I love meeting people, have a soft spot for kids and believe that most problems can be solved through compassion,kindness and the willingness to listen to others.

Why do you want to be a part of the HundrED Community?

Having been an educator forever, one of the strengths that helped me most was my ability to source for ideas from others, drawing on the skills and expertise of many to help me as I planned classroom strategies and interventions. Many teachers struggle to balance their workload and their challenges simply because they do not know where to go for to look for resources and support.

Hundred can play an important role in helping teachers to seek ideas and tested innovations by curating the best from across the globe. I want to be able to extend this curation to the teaching community in Malaysia and more importantly, nudge local teachers to showcase their innovations on an international platform like this.

How can education support students to flourish?

Education of the right kind, one that understands and addresses the needs of the students has the potency to feed the mind and the soul of the learner. An education that combines content, values, skills and the opportunities to identify, nurture and develop interest, talent and passion has the  power to move the individual along a journey that displays the best version of themselves - one that is self-fulfilling and community focused.

What role does innovation play in education change?

Innovation is a necessary strategy for education because it allows for any stakeholder to identify a need, a challenge, a concern and to find a solution that addresses it.  It inspires and motivates one to think beyond what works today and asks the question - what else can be done to help us do better?

Today's learners must witness and enjoy the fruits of innovation in education so that their passion is ignited, their imagination fueled and their belief that they have the power to make a difference is ingrained in them.