Grad Spotlight: Yazmin Lopez


Graduate Spotlight: Yazmin Lopez

Name: Yazmin Lopez

Age: 38

Course of Study (degree being earned)M.A. in Bilingual Bicultural Education

Hometown: Progresso, TX

I'm originally from Mexico. I was born and raised there until I was 6 years oldthen I came to the U.S. I'm currently a dual language teacher and I love helping my students learn – most importantly to keep their language and learn a new one.  

Why did you choose UTSA? 

I came to UTSA and studied marketing before finding my passion to teach students. 

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

I absolutely loved all my classes because I learned so much from each one of them. The center of it all was helping our students be successful. 

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

I would say that implementing what I learned in my own classroom has helped my students and myself very much. 

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

I have not been able to participate due to COVID, full-time job, and being a mom. 

Describe any professional experiences or internship opportunities you have had. 

The mentoring from the professors on our project presentation was very valuable. Dr. Lara was a great mentor for this project. 

What is your fondest memory of your time at UTSA? 

The first time I came back to class for my masters. I was a nervous wreck. 

How has COVID impacted you, either personally or professionally? 

Luckily, I have not contracted COVID. It has impacted me professionally because I have taught virtually for a long time. Personally, it has separated me from the ones I love for a while. 

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

In a near future, I hope to go back to school and obtain my Ph.D. 

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

My kids and husband have inspired me during this time. It has been a hard journey, but with their support, I have made it here. 

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 probably talk to Alma Flor Ada.  She would probably get a Cuban coffee and I would get some sweet tea.

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