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Congratulations to the COEHD scholarship recipients for Fall 2018 and Spring 2019! The recipients include students from the Departments of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching; Kinesiology, Health, and Nutrition; and Bicultural-Bilingual Studies, as well as students in the UTeachSA/GE2MS program and secondary certification students.



Joy Morales – The Academy for Teacher Excellence Scholarship Fall 2018

B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies with Teacher Certification in EC-6 Generalist

On what it means to be a teacher: “To me being a teacher means helping our youth and preparing them with the tools they need to succeed”

Plans for the future:“After receiving my bachelor’s degree, I would like to further my education by enrolling into a master’s program. I do not want to stop or stay stagnant. I want to continue to reach my goals and be an example to younger generations of students … that anything is possible if you believe and never give up.” 



Rosario V. Rojo-Taylor
– The Academy for Teacher Excellence Scholarship Fall 2018

Senior - B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies with Teacher Certification in EC-6 Bilingual Education

On what it means to be a teacher: “I cannot wait to be a teacher. Since I was little, my sister and I always pretended to be teachers and students in school.I am very excited and proud for what I have accomplished, and even more so as I am close to reaching my biggest dream, becoming a bilingual educatorand be available to help my future students and plant the seed of success.



Ana Trevino – Guadalupe Harber and Rodolfo Jacobson BESO Scholarships; Dr. Arcadia Lopez Endowed Scholarship; Belinda-Villarreal-Nelson Scholarship

Senior - B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies with Teacher Certification in EC-6 Bilingual Education

On what it means to be a teacher: “I wanted to be in this program because I want to advocate for underrepresented students. Examples of those are the bilingual, undocumented, DACAmented students and so on. I find it important to stand for and with them because students should not be left in the shadows.”

Plans for the future:“I want to continue my education towards a PhD in Education Policy and eventually I want to serve in the Texas State Board of Education.”



Leslie Alvarez – The Harold T and H. Joyce Cook Annual Scholarship

B.A.Interdisciplinary Studies with Teacher Certification in EC-6 Generalist

On what it means to be a teacher“I chose the teaching career because I believe that our students are the future and I want to be the kind of teacher that shapes them into all that they can become.”

Plans for the future:“When it comes to my future educational goals I would like to continue my career and pursue my master's degree specializing in reading.”



Yara Tanguma - The Dewey D. Davis, Ph.D., First Professor at UTSA Endowed Scholarship in Secondary Science Teaching, Fall 2018

Senior – B.S. Biology, with Teacher Certification in Secondary (7-12thgrade) Science Teaching

On what it means to be a teacher: “I chose teaching after my first semester at UTSA, when I learned about a program called Generating Education Excellence in Math and Science (GE2MS). I became a member and, through this program I completed 30 hours in fieldwork at both an elementary school and a middle school; that is when I realized that teaching was what I wanted to do.”



Angela Sanchez - The Dewey D. Davis, Ph.D., First Professor at UTSA Endowed Scholarship in Secondary Science Teaching, Spring 2019


B.S. Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Teacher Certification in Secondary (7-12thgrade) Science Teaching

About me:
“I have worked in both molecular biology and genetics labs at Harvard, MIT and at UTHSCSA, studying everything from regeneration, aging, Huntington’s disease, and cancer for roughly twelve years prior to enrolling in the post-baccalaureate program teacher certification program here at UTSA. I am seeking certification in the life sciences at the secondary level, and I hope to bring all that I have learned as a research scientist to my classroom in SAISD where I plan to teach.”



Cindy Cattey - The Carol Fitzgerald Dodge Endowed Scholarship; The Endowed Pythagoras Scholarship for Math Teachers

Senior - B.S. in Mathematics, with Teacher Certification in Secondary (7-12th grade) Math Teaching

On what it means to be a teacher: “I have always wanted to be a teacher. I cannot wait to have my own classroom and form relationships with my students. I have never wanted anything more in my life.” 

Plans for the future:“My ultimate goal is to receive a PhD in Mathematics Education and work as an instructional support specialist to impact the lives of students on a larger scale.”



Lorena Carranco – Dr. Arcadia Lopez Endowed Scholarship


Senior - B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies with Teacher Certification in EC-6 Bilingual Education

On what it means to be a teacher: “I want to become a great bilingual teacher and a principal one day. I want to become like the innovative educators that [sic] have inspired me in my life and ultimately motivated me to become a teacher as well.”

Plans for the future:“I want to continue my education towards a Master’s degree in School Administration.”



Natalie Del Bosque – Dr. Arcadia Lopez Endowed Scholarship

Senior - B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies with Teacher Certification in EC-6 Bilingual Education

On what it means to be a teacher: “Attending a Science &Engineering magnet high school lead me to the realization of wanting to become a bilingual elementary teacher. I want to become like the innovative educators that [sic] have inspired me in my life and ultimately motivated me to become a teacher as well.”

Plans for the future:“I want to teach Elementary Bilingual Education at North Independent School District in San Antonio, Texas.”



Maria Farah – Dr. Arcadia Lopez Endowed Scholarship

Senior - B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies with Teacher Certification in EC-6 Bilingual Education


On what it means to be a teacher: “I want to become a great bilingual teacher and I look forward to having my own classroom.”

Plans for the future:“I want to continue my education towards a Master’s degree in School Counselor, in hopes of becoming a STAN (Student Teacher Assistance Network) Intervention Counselor.”



Elizabeth Hernandez
– Dr. Arcadia Lopez Endowed Scholarship

Senior - B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies with Teacher Certification in EC-6 Bilingual Education


On what it means to be a teacher: “I want to become a great bilingual teacher. I hope to learn the best bilingual education models and methods in order to apply them in my future classroom.”

Plans for the future:“I want to continue my education towards a Master’s in Bicultural-Bilingual Education”



Evelyn Villafranco
– Dr. Arcadia Lopez Endowed Scholarship

Senior - B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies with Teacher Certification in EC-6 Bilingual Education


On what it means to be a teacher: “My main reason and motivation of wanting to be a teacher is to make society and the world a better place.”

Plans for the future:“I want to be a bilingual teacher for 2ndand 3rdgrade elementary students; then I want to continue my education towards a Master’s degree program and school administration”



Erika Betancourt Santiago – Dr. Arcadia Lopez Endowed Scholarship

M.A. Bicultural-Bilingual Education

Plans for the future:“I want to become a bilingual/dual language teacher. I would like to gain experience in this field to apply and contribute to the development of the Bilingual Education in a leadership position.”



Sarah Fischer – Dr. Arcadia Lopez Endowed Scholarship

M.A. Bicultural-Bilingual Education

On what it means to be a teacher: “My motivation on being a teacher can be summed up with a quote by Henry Adams: “A Teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” 

Plans for the future:“I want to become a certified bilingual/ESL teacher at the elementary school level. Once I have enough classroom experience, I would like to be an instructional coach or an administrator.”



Lluvia Poer– Dr. Arcadia Lopez Endowed Scholarship 

M.A. Bicultural-Bilingual Education

Plans for the future: “My goal is to receive my M.A. in Bilingual Bicultural Studies and to become a certified bilingual teacher at the elementary school level. Once I have enough classroom experience, I would like to be an instructional coach or an administrator.”



Hilda Rodriguez – Dr. Arcadia Lopez Endowed Scholarship

Ph.D. in Culture, Language, and Literacy 

Plans for the future:“As a current 4thgrade, dual language teacher, my goal is to become principal of an elementary school, or the head of the bilingual department and assist bilingual teachers with resources and research to become better educators. I would like to become superintendent of my school district.”



Marcela Salinas-Hinojosa – Dr. Arcadia Lopez Endowed Scholarship 

Ph.D. in Culture, Language, and Literacy

Plans for the future: “I would like to be an advocate for Bilingual education, I would like to research on the importance of cariño (caring)in the dual language program; I would also lie to be a university professor, and write or publish on the importance of “cariño (caring) when teaching.”




Karina Barboza
 – The Angie Martinez Memorial Scholarship

Junior - B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies with Teacher Certification in EC-6 ESL Generalist

On what it means to be a teacher:I am going to help those students who are not fluent in English to be able to become confident in their speech language development.

Plans for the future:
“I would like to work in a school district in San Antonio, Texas. I want to continue my education by attending seminars, conferences, and workshops that will help me improve my teaching skills to better serve my students’ education”



Victoria Chavez – The Angie Martinez Memorial Scholarship

B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies with Teacher Certification in EC-6 Generalist

On what it means to be a teacher: “I have been drawn to a career in teaching ever since I was young. I loved to help others learn and I have found a satisfaction in helping others become successful with their academics and self.”

Plans for the future: “After graduation, my future career goals involve seeking a teaching career in a low-income school district where I can share the knowledge and skills I have learned while being at UTSA”



Kaitlyn Laurel – The Angie Martinez Memorial Scholarship

B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies with Teacher Certification in EC-6 Generalist

Plans for the future: “My immediate plans following graduation include attending either Georgetown University and working toward a Master’s in Educational Transformation with a concentration in Advocacy and Policy; or working toward a Master’s in Educational Policy at George Washington University”




Rebecca Mercado – The Angie Martinez Memorial Scholarship, Fall 2018

B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies with Teacher Certification in EC-6 Generalist

On what it means to be a teacher: “I am majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies because I believe I can make a difference in the lives of our future generations who will lead this country one day.”

Plans for the future: “I plan to teach in a low-income school district here in San Antonio. One of my future goals, after a few years of classroom experience, is to obtain my Master’s in Counseling and become a school counselor.”



Elizabeth Mitchell – The Angie Martinez Memorial Scholarship, Fall 2018

B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies with Teacher Certification in 4-8 Language Arts, Reading, Social Studies 

Plans for the future: “After graduation, I plan to move back to Dallas, Texas and teach in a low-income serving school for at least ten years or until I obtain my master’s degree in Education Administration. After teaching, I plan to continue help mold and shape the lives of our youth by becoming a Principal preferably in a low-income school as well.”



Xitlali Flores – The Jodie W. McCarley Scholarship for Future Coaches of Female Athletes


B.S. Kinesiology with Teacher Certification in All Level Physical Education

On what it means to be a teacher
:“I feel my purpose in life is to become an elementary teacher. I plan to affect many young children’s lives in a positive way. I want to be a role model young kids can look up to.Physical education is very important to me, as it is to live a healthy lifestyle, and teaching life lessons involving sports and many different activities. I want to be sure [that] every student finds a hobby or activity that would help him or her change their lives physically and mentally.”



Beatriz Lopez – The Jodie W. McCarley Scholarship for Future Coaches of Female Athletes

B.S. Kinesiology with Teacher Certification in All Level Physical Education 

Plans for the future: “I plan to pursue a career as soccer and/or swim coach for females upon graduating from The University of Texas San Antonio. The reason why I decided to pursue this career dates back to when I was 15 years old and volunteered for my swim team. One of the kids I was working with called me “Coach” for the first time and when I heard that I felt a sense of “meant to be.”



Sabrina Ramos – The Onderdonk Family Memorial Scholarship, Fall 2018

B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies with Teacher Certification in EC-6 Generalist

On what it means to be a teacher: “Throughout my educational career, I have come to feel passion for becoming a teacher based on the needs of others. I have watched as students struggled through their studies from lack of teacher support, family/parent involvement, and other circumstances for which they have little to no control. These are the students with whom I look forward to sharing my love for education and instilling in their hearts that they have the potential to be anything they want to be.”




Rebecca Mercado – The Onderdonk Family Memorial Scholarship, Spring 2019

B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies with Teacher Certification in EC-6 Generalist

On what it means to be a teacher: “I am majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies because I believe I can make a difference in the lives of our future generations who will lead this country one day.”

Plans for the future: “I plan to teach in a low-income school district here in San AntonioOne of my future goals, after a few years of classroom experience, is to obtain my Master’s in Counseling and become a school counselor.”



Julissa Vera – The Albar and Englantina Peña Memorial Scholarship

M.A. Bicultural-Bilingual Education with certification in Bilingual Reading Specialist

About me:“As a first-generation college student, attending a university can be a big accomplishment not only for me, but for my family as well. I was able to complete my bachelor’s degree from UTSA in three years, and now at only 22 years old, I have completed my first year as a master’s student in the College of Education and Human Development (COEHD).” 

Plans for the future:“I plan to work with a Bilingual Education Elementary school where I can provide my assistance to help others. I wish to make a positive difference in the lives of my future students.”



Samantha Rodriguez - The Endowed Pythagoras Scholarship for Math Teachers

Senior - B.S. in Mathematics, with Teacher Certification in Secondary (7-12th grade) Math Teaching

On what it means to be a teacher“I have been a lover of mathematics ever since I can remember. The subject has the potential to teach people more than just algorithms and basic computation. Mathematics can open a student’s mind and teach them how to think, conjecture, problem-solve, logically prove theories and do so much more. These are just a few versatile skills that prepare students for success in the real world. This is why I chose to be a mathematics major and aspire to be a secondary math teacher.” 



Zyler Carter – The Katie N. Reed Endowed Scholarship

Junior - B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies with Teacher Certification in 4-8 LangArts/Read/SocStudies

On what it means to be a teacher: “I know that becoming an educator is not an easy job, but I believe that education is the foundation of success and is a process that we will experience forever, and that goes far beyond a classroom. I stand firmly on teaching and, I do not believe that there is another profession that can start from the root and create such an impactful, unforgettable inspiration to a student’s future.

Plans for the future: “After graduation, I plan to move to Houston, Texas and teach in a low-income serving school.



Dyana Garcia – The Katie N. Reed Endowed Scholarship

Senior- B.A. English with Teacher Certification in Secondary (7-12) English Teaching 

On what it means to be a teacher: “A as Mexican born student, I understand and can emphasize the importance of mastering the English language. Having been an English language learner, is one of the reasons I decide to go into Education.”

Plans for the future: “I hope to continue my education by one day receiving a Master’s degree in Education and hopefully become a School Principal.”



Sara Klimek – The Katie N. Reed Endowed Scholarship

Senior - B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies with Teacher Certification in EC-6 Generalist 

Plans for the future: “My educational goals are to inspire my future students and be the best educator I can be, whether it is to advocate for my students, or just being there when they need me. I want to be that teacher who makes an impact on my students’ lives and who is never forgotten.”




Mykah Tate– The Dianna Lynn Tidwell Endowed Scholarship

Senior - B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies with Teacher Certification in All Level Special Education 

On what it means to be a teacher: “As an educator, I want to provide individualized instruction and strategies for students with disabilities. As an undergraduate at the University of Texas at San Antonio, my coursework and my classroom experiences have further validated my desire to teach. My commitment to students and their families will be shown through quality education, communication, and inspiration regardless of disability. Growth for a student with disabilities is the most precious gift one can receive. I aspire to foster developmental and academic growth for all my students.”



Korrina Cruz – Alio Fitness Club Scholarship 

Senior – B.S. Kinesiology, Concentration in Exercise Science

Plans for the future: “I want to continue my education towards a Master’s Program to become an Occupational Therapist.I want to be able to help families and patients who feet as if their situation is insufferable. I have utilized many resources at UTSA in order to further my educational experience. One specific example is the laboratory courses I have taken. These courses have aided me in gaining further knowledge and experience in my career path.”



Steven Thomas – Alio Fitness Club Scholarship 

Senior – B.S. Kinesiology, Concentration in Exercise Physiology; Member of the UTSA Track & Field Division 1 program

About me: “I originally planned to obtain a business degree with the expectations of learning how to own and manage my very own sports facility successfully. When I arrived at UTSA, I quickly realized that my passion was in Exercise Science. Therefore, I went with my passion and switched my major to Kinesiology with a minor in Business Administration. While at UTSA, I was awarded the Conference USA 2017-18 Commissioner’s Academic Medal and placed top 8 at the Conference USA 2018 Indoor Track & Field Conference Championships in the Shot Put and Weight Throw events. I am also a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer.”



Olga Ivshina – 
The Baptist Health Foundation Scholarship in Nutrition and Dietetics

M.D.S. Dietetics Studies – Coordinated Program in Dietetics


About me: “My goal is to become a Certified Diabetes Educator and to serve Bexar County to treat and prevent the growing epidemics of diabetes. I made this decision after having community rotations with the American Diabetes Association and because I like the clinical aspect of the profession. I had previously completed a Biology degree at UTSA in an attempt to apply to a medical school, but eventually decided to continue my education with the CPD program. I come from a family of educators, and by choosing to become a Registered Dietitian (a profession with mainly a preventative aspect), I realized that I continue my family professional trait.”



Carl Austin Lobitz – 
The Baptist Health Foundation Scholarship in Nutrition and Dietetics

M.D.S. Dietetics Studies – Coordinated Program in Dietetics


About me: “I am pursuing my career as a dietitian as an extension of my own desire to perform at my best. As the highest level of nutrition professional, a dietitian is the expert in nutrient metabolism and how to elucidate effective dietary strategies to the lives of the public, whether they be clinical patients, weight loss clients, or athletes.”



Claudia Martinez – 
The Baptist Health Foundation Scholarship in Nutrition and Dietetics

M.D.S. Dietetics Studies – Coordinated Program in Dietetics

About me: “As a graduate student in the Coordinated Program in Dietetics, I have had the opportunity to partake in several community events as well the opportunity to gain further knowledge in a field I have chosen as a future registered dietitian (RD). As Vice President of the Dietetic and Nutrition Student Association (DANSA), I have had the opportunity to attend several conferences and meetings that have allowed me to gain a vast amount of knowledge: topics ranging from nutrition for pediatric patients to short bowel syndrome in adults.”



Shelby Birdwell
– The Baptist Health Foundation Scholarship in Nutrition and Dietetics

B.S. Nutrition and Dietetics – Coordinated Program in Dietetics

About me: “During my time at UTSA, I have had the opportunity to intern with the CHEF (Culinary Health Education for Families) program, Jubilee Academics, and San Antonio Metropolitan Health District. These experiences, among many others, have been enriching personally and professionally, and have confirmed that my passion is helping improve lives through nutrition. Once I receive my credentials as a Registered Dietitian, I hope to find a job in a clinical setting working with patients in the intensive care unit.”



Emily Grammer – The Baptist Health Foundation Scholarship in Nutrition and Dietetics

M.D.S. Dietetics Studies – Coordinated Program in Dietetics

About me: “I am on track to graduate with my Masters in Dietetic Studies in May of 2019 and have had an extremely rewarding academic journey thus far. Over the past two years, I have been both an active member and held an executive position in the Dietetic and Nutrition Student Association, DANSA. My experiences from my involvement in this organization, as well as academic experiences, have been so beneficial in molding my sense of leadership and professionalism, which I will take with me throughout my career.After completing my master’s degree, I plan to take the RD exam in order to become a credentialed practitioner.”



Jessica Tupa – 
The Baptist Health Foundation Scholarship in Nutrition and Dietetics

B.S. Nutrition and Dietetics – Coordinated Program in Dietetics

About me: “As a graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Community Health from UTSA, I began working for CommuniCare immediately. I felt like something was missing, and that I had not yet fulfilled my career goals. I decided toapply for the Dietetics program, and now I am a student in the Coordinated Program Dietetics at UTSA, on the path to becoming a registered dietitian. After graduating, I plan to seek a career in community health, and eventually, I would like to have my own private practice for consulting with clients’ nutrition practices.”






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