Grad Spotlight: Logan Stephens

Name: Logan Stephens

Age: 24 

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

Hometown: San Antonio  

Born and raised a Texan, I originally wanted to pursue a degree in digital art. However, after some personal reflection (and realization at the time I was assisting the classes more than the professors!) I switched to teaching on a whim. Since then, I’ve never looked back and have enjoyed seeing myself grow into the educator I hope to become today! My hobbies include hanging out with longtime friends and making new ones from my teaching peers along the way. Here's to our future, and the futures we hope to inspire. I chose UTSA because it was local and accessible. Honestly, being a short drive away from my house was a big motivator! 

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

Professor Haddad by far was my favorite, as he was always reinforcing and encouraging our growth and abilities as future teachers. 

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

Teaching is a career where you never stop learning, no matter how long you've been teaching.

Describe any professional experiences or internship opportunities you have had.

Clinical fieldwork helped me get an idea of real-world teaching and all the challenges and joys that come from being in a classroom. 

What is your fondest memory of your time at UTSA?

Honestly, back when I was on the main campus, just listening to music and taking in all the people walking around the campus as I headed to class was always a fond experience for me. It really gave a good scope of what we were all trying to accomplish here. 

How has COVID impacted you, either personally or professionally?

Not being able to see friends and classmates in class really impacted our abilities to collaborate together. 

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

To teach of course! That's why I got this degree after all, right? 

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

A lot of things, from people keeping me on my feet, to music pushing me forward to the beat. We all have our lows, and it’s the things we enjoy that pick us back up and get us moving again. 

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 think Prof. Haddad would be fun to interact with outside of the classroom. He'd probably get some fancy coffee with lots of “floof,” and I’d get a vanilla latte, I guess?