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Mario Morales Lopez

Senior Instructor, Languages and Intercultural Studies

Jonathan Doe
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Brittain Hall 305

Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9:00AM - 11:00AM

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.” John Quincy Adams


Mario Morales Lopez is a Senior Instructor of Spanish with an extensive teaching background. He began his teaching career at the elementary school level in his native Guatemala in July of 1983. After acquiring a secondary education teaching degree, he worked in his hometown’s middle school from May 1992 to August of 1997. He taught History, Spanish and English. After graduating from WVU with a M A in Spanish, he was hired by CCU in the fall of 1999. He has taught different levels of Spanish here at CCU for almost 18 years.
Mr. Morales-Lopez has also devoted a great deal of time working with the environment in Guatemala. Over the last 16 years he has planted over 50,000 trees in areas that he has acquired in the mountains of eastern Guatemala. In addition, during the last 10 years, he has coordinated a scholarship fund to help students from the village of El Naranjo, where he is from, to allow local students to attend middle and high school in the town of Guastatoya, in El Progreso department.


M.A., Spanish, May 1999, West Virginia University
B.A., History, May 1992, West Virginia University
Secondary Education Teaching Degree, 1989
Universidad Francisco Marroquin, Guatemala
Elementary School Teaching Degree, 1981
INCAV, Jalapa, Guatemala

Interesting Facts

Mr. Morales-Lopez was awarded with a Fulbright scholarship to attend WVU from January of 1990 to May of 1992.  For his community work in Guatemala, he received the Paul Harris Award from the Rotary International Foundation in 1996. He also received the Sally Pool Wilkins and the Wesley Bagby Awards from the Department of History, West Virginia University in May of 1992. In his hometown of Guastatoya, Guatemala, he received two important awards: The Person of the Year Award in July of 2004, and the Distinguished Citizen Award, from the Municipality of Guastatoya in January of 2013.  In addition, he has been interviewed about his environmental projects in Guatemala by the Coastal Today Show host in February of 2008 and in October of 2010.

Teaching Areas

Spanish 100, 200 and 300 levels. Study Abroad Programs.

Research Areas

Spanish 100, 200 and 300 levels. Study Abroad Programs.