Mr. Lopez is a graduate of NM State University with degrees in Biology/Chemistry and he resides in Talpa with his wife Santana and their three children. He is retired from the Taos Municipal Schools where he taught Science for 34 years. In 1990 he received a Presidential Citation for Excellence in Science Teaching. Additionally, Ernie served on the Advisory Council for the National Science Teacher Association for 6 yrs. In 1999, Ernie Lopez was selected International Science Fair Teacher of the Year.