Grad Spotlight: Sibel Lacquement


Graduate Spotlight: Sibel Lacquement

NameSibel Lacquement

Age: 50

Course of Study (degree being earned)M.A. in Curriculum & Instruction and iSTEM Certification 

Hometown: Izmir, Turkey

I am a Turkish American woman who immigrated to the United States in the late 90s. I am a firm believer that education is essential for everyone. I never stopped following my dreams until this age and never will. I have my undergrad degree in math and science teaching. I have been teaching GED courses since 2008. I support every woman in STEM careers.

Why did you choose UTSA?

UTSA is one of the most diverse universities in San Antonio, Texas. Since I have a diverse background, I chose UTSA. UTSA is one of the best universities in Texas.

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

Research in Action was my favorite class. I had a chance to develop my own research paper. My professor was Dr. Popielarz. She is my favorite instructor because she helped me a lot to write my research paper. I also really liked taking Dr. Haddad and Dr. Ndimande's classes.

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

Education debt to the achievement gap by Gloria Ladson-Billings. The history of American education has its scars throughout the years.

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

I participated in: 4th Annual Stem Education Virtual Conference Participation UTSA Feb. 2021(Restorative Practices in Education- Community Building Circles for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, And Mathematics (STEAM) Identity Poster Board) Courageous Conversations Conference (Struggles past and present-Community activism for educational opportunity) UTSA 2020.

What are some professional experiences or internship opportunities you have had.

I worked with 6-12 grade students in the Pre-engineering department at UTSA during summer 2020. The students were determined to get their certification and this made my job easier.

What is your fondest memory of your time at UTSA?

When I was graduating with my undergrad, they had a photo boot at the HEB Center. That was fun.

How has COVID impacted you, either personally or professionally?

I lost my job during the pandemic. We are in the process of getting our COVID shots as a family.

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

Pursue my Ph.D.

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?

Gloria Ladson-Billings. She inspired me about culturally relevant pedagogy and I would like to develop a curriculum about CRP. I would like to talk to her about my curriculum. We will order Turkish coffee.

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