Grad Spotlight: Alicia Carreon

Name: Alicia Carreon
Age: 24

Course of Study (degree being earned): B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies (early childhood – Grade 6 ESL core subjects certification) 

Hometown: San Antonio

I saw that there was a need to help people. Growing up, those that always helped me were my teachers. There are so many that touched my life and made me who I am today. I Knew that I wanted to do the same for our future leaders.

Why did you choose UTSA?

My grandpa and my sister both went to UTSA. My grandpa attended the first year it opened.

What was your favorite class and/or who was your favorite professor? Why? 

My favorite class was the STEM class. I loved actively creating experiments that I may someday assign to my future classrooms.

What would you say is the most important thing you’ve learned over the course of your studies?

All children grow at different rates, and that's okay! 

What is your fondest memory of your time at UTSA?

I definitely enjoyed all of the 50th-anniversary events that UTSA hosted.

Describe any professional experiences or internship opportunities you have had.

My clinical teaching taught me a lot of the hands-on practices that we were reading about in lectures. I definitely learned how to be a better educator during that time.

How has COVID impacted you, either personally or professionally? 

It was hard trying to get my service hours in the classroom when no one was allowed in schools. We learned to adapt eventually, and acquired technology skills along the way.

What are your plans for the future and/or your career? 

I want to give back to my community and teach in the district that I grew up in.

What has brought you inspiration during this time? E.g., music, books, people, etc.

My students were a great inspiration in this time. I learned so much from them and they encouraged me to keep going.

You’ve been given the opportunity to have coffee with any notable figure from your field, alive or dead. Who is it, and what does each of you order?

I would choose my mentor teacher. She's done so much for me and I know that I'd enjoy my time with her. It doesn't matter what we order, because I know the conversation will be lighthearted and insightful.