Grad Spotlight: Rubi Marquez


Graduate Spotlight: Rubi Marquez

NameRubi Marquez

Age: 22

Course of Study (degree being earned)B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with Certification in Bilingual Early Childhood – Grade 6 Core Subjects

Hometown: Baytown, TX

I was born in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, and moved to Baytown, Texas when I was 8 years old. Growing up in Baytown I had amazing teachers who helped me learn English and transition to life in the United States. I am so grateful for the amazing support I had from my teachers that I want to become a bilingual educator to help students develop a strong foundation in their native language as well as English. 

Why did you choose UTSA? 

UTSA has a good teacher preparation program.

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

My favorite class was with Dr. Smith. He taught us about the importance of bilingual literature and social-emotional learning. 

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

The most important thing would be the significance of student-teacher relationships.

Describe any organizations or activities within COEHD that you’ve participated in. 

Bilingual Education Student Organization (B.E.S.O.)

Describe any professional experiences or internship opportunities you have had. 

I had the opportunity to be a part of the year-long clinical teaching program where I had experiences with students and parents throughout the whole school year. 

What is your fondest memory of your time at UTSA? 

My fondest memory was at the library during finals week. 

How has COVID impacted you, either personally or professionally? 

COVID impacted me both personally and professionally. 

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

 I plan on becoming a bilingual teacher. 

What has brought you inspiration during this time? I.E. Music, books, people, etc. 

Music, books, and movies have always been a big part of my inspiration. 

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 have coffee with the secretary of education, Miguel Cardona. I would order a caramel macchiato and I would imagine he would like something strong. 

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