NEWaukee: Rosy Lopez
Where do you work and what makes your role awesome?
I am the College and Career Planning Associate for Milwaukee Public Schools supporting many programs and initiatives promoting the many different pathways for colleges and careers district wide for our students. I love that I get to use my Spanish skills as well, and when I have the chance encourage students to continue to sharpen their bilingual skills. I wear a lot of different hats, but my role is awesome as I help support high school seniors with the college applications, scholarships, essays and FAFSA. I also assist MMAC and COSBE-Be the Spark Tours for all MPS 7th grade classrooms as they visit a local business in the Metropolitan Milwaukee Area and learn more about the business, careers, and pathways. My job is very rewarding!
How long have you lived in MKE & what brought you here?
Born and raised in the heart of the south side of MKE. Attended graduated from Marquette University with my BA in Psychology and Spanish with a minor in Family Studies, and recently graduated with my master’s in Student Personnel Administration from Concordia University of Wisconsin. I have always wanted to stay and give back to my city which is a main reason why I continue my work here in Milwaukee.
What do you love most about MKE?
I love that MKE has all 4 seasons marked, Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer. There is always something to do, and well the summer is great with all the summer festivals, live music, the lakefront (activities along there) bike trails, farmers markets. MKE has a lot to offer whether it’s a night out for dinner or drinks, entertainment, it’s museums, and professional sports. And well we know Milwaukeeans are all fanatics of their WISCONSIN teams 🙂
What is something that is missing from our community that you would love to see implemented?
I would love to see more working professionals and businesses collaborate with our schools in MKE to increase the numbers of high school students with an opportunity for internships, apprenticeships, mentoring so that our students get experience and learn more about the opportunities here in MKE.
What is one word that you would use to describe MKE?
What local restaurant is at the top of your list?
I support local as much as possible, and although I have a variety of few top restaurants, it all depends on what I have a taste for. If it is pizza, I say Balistreris on Bluemound , if it’s Mexican, it’s “El Señorial” on , if its Caribbean, it’s “La Caribeña”, Peruvian would be C-Viche in the Bay View area, Kopps for a good burger and custard., etc and the list goes on.
What neighborhood do you live in and why do you love it?
I live on the southside of MKE in the polonia neighborhood, I love it as I am minutes away from the freeway with a short commute to work, a quick ride to Bay View area, and downtown MKE, and close to all my favorite grocery stores!