240 UTSA students to be inducted to teaching profession
By Deborah Wolfe | Date: December 04, 2013
By Marissa Villa/Office of University Communications and Marketing
UTSA has created more than 7,000 teachers, more than any other San Antonio university
Andres Davila has come a long way
from his days as a drill sergeant in the Air Force. An Air Force mechanic for
20 years, the 48-year-old spent this semester teaching, but to a much different
demographic: pre-school children. Davila is one of 240 students who will be
honored at the Induction to the Profession of Teaching Ceremony, presented this
week by the UTSA College of Education and Human Development.
which will be held at 9 a.m., Friday, Dec. 6 in the H-E-B University Center
Ballroom at the UTSA Main Campus, celebrates the achievements of students who
have completed their student teaching and other teaching certification
certified and graduated more than 7,000 K-12 teachers, the most of any
university in San Antonio.
reason, I felt that teaching children was my calling,” said Davila, who
graduated from high school 30 years ago, spent “20 years, two months and 17
days” in the Air Force and worked an additional eight years at the San Antonio International
Airport before completing his Bachelor of Arts degree in interdisciplinary
studies at UTSA.
Bernstein, who also will be inducted at the ceremony, getting his degree in
special education was personal. A single father of two boys ages 5 and 7 who
have been diagnosed with autism, Bernstein prepared for his career through
experiences inside and outside of the classroom.
“I can now
understand the other side of things and it’s made me a better parent. I now
know how to advocate for my children better,” Bernstein said. “I definitely
believe I’ve learned a lot at UTSA.”
student taught at the high school and elementary level at Bandera ISD while
Davila completed his student teaching with SAISD.
The Dec. 6 ceremony will feature guest speaker Charlotte Dolat, Region 20 Teacher of the Year and winner of the H-E-B Excellence in Education award. Admission is free.
Friday, December 6, 2013
Time: 8:30 a.m. coffee, 9 a.m. ceremony
Location: Main Campus
Building: H-E-B University Center Ballroom
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Location: 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd., San Antonio, TX
Building: The Institute of Texan Cultures
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Time: 2 - 4 p.m.
Location: San Antonio Central Public Library
Building: 600 Soledad, San Antonio, TX 78205