Grad Spotlight: Dorisel Lopez Betancourt

Name: Dorisel Lopez Betancourt
Age: 23

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

Hometown: Austin, TX

I chose to pursue a degree in bilingual education because children are our future. They matter, they deserve an opportunity to become a proactive person in this world, and ultimately that begins with their love and interest to learn. My own passion to learn and grow has led me here today. I chose UTSA because it’s a school where I felt seen in terms of culture and diversity.

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

My favorite class was BBL 4403: Approaches to Teaching Mathematics EC-6. Dr. Garcia always provided us with so much support, and guidance.

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

The most important thing that I have learned over the course of my studies is that being in touch with classmates, actively being engaged in the classroom and with the actual course work is truly so rewarding. There is no point in doing this if we are not getting the true experience of learning and working hard to succeed in our own educational careers.

Describe any professional experiences or internship opportunities you have had.

I attended the National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) 2020 conference in Las Vegas. It was truly so inspiring to see so many professionals talking about their passion within the education field. It made me realize just how broad this field can be and how much opportunity there is to learn and grow every single day.

How has COVID impacted you, either personally or professionally?

I wish I would have been on campus more. As a college student, being on campus with so many others with common experiences and struggles of course was always reassuring in a way. With COVID, that college touch was lost, and it was a bit lonely. I also missed out on a year and a half of in-person classroom experience for my teaching degree.

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

I plan to become a bilingual teacher. I do not have a specific grade I want to work with; I would love to experience all of them. Eventually, I would love to be a counselor for high school students.

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

My inspiration during this time has been my family (and myself of course.) Over time, I have realized just how difficult this journey was for me and as I see the light at the end of the tunnel, I feel extremely proud to accomplish this and set an example for my two younger brothers in college.