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Meet a Roadrunner: Alumna Lorena Herrera is first-year educator of year

Lorena Herrera

Lorena Herrera

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(May 28, 2014) -- Meet Lorena Herrera. She recently was named the 2013-2014 Northside Independent School District First-Year Educator of the Year. A graduate of the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, Herrera was one of three teachers district-wide selected to receive an award in the First-Year Teacher category.

"I feel so blessed to have had such an amazing experience in my own education that drove me to work so hard as an educator today," said Herrera, a fourth grade teacher at Dr. Martha Mead Elementary School. "It feels so rewarding to know that my hard work since grade school and college has paid off."

In February, Herrera was selected by her peers as the First-Year Educator of the Year for Mead Elementary School. She was then nominated by the school's administration for the district-wide award.

"I am extremely proud of Lorena and of our Teacher Education program," said Karla Broadus, senior lecturer in the Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching. "Lorena was a classroom discussion participator with relevant knowledge about her experience with ESL children in an educational setting. Personally, it is a motivator for me as an educator to know that the reading strategies taught were both absorbed and practiced."

Herrera graduated from UTSA in December 2012 with a Bachelor of Art in Interdisciplinary Studies degree. She credits her experience as a COEHD student to her success as an NISD educator.

"The knowledge of the professors has helped me the most in my first year," said Herrera. "Their experiences in all grade levels and classrooms around the country really stuck with me. I can recall many of Dr. Broadus's and Dr. Mari Cortez's stories of their experience teaching and have applied them in my classroom."

In the future, Herrera said she hopes to continue her education by earning a master's degree in educational leadership from UTSA.

"I have always loved learning, and the College of Education and Human Development helped grow that love," she said. "I have tried to spread that love of learning to my students. I encourage them to firmly believe they will go to college and remind them of that daily."

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Did You Know?

Football standouts make Roadrunner history

For Ashaad Mabry and Triston Wade, football is not just a passing fancy. Both players were part of the UTSA football program almost from the beginning. When UTSA opens the 2015 season Thursday at Arizona, it will be the first time the Roadrunners take the field without them. But Mabry and Wade will still be playing football; their uniforms will just be a different color.

Mabry, a defensive tackle from San Antonio's MacArthur High School, was an honorable mention All-Conference USA selection his final two seasons as a Roadrunner and second among the team's defensive linemen with 49 tackles last year. Wade, a defensive back from Tyler, was the most decorated player in school history. He was a semifinalist for the 2014 Jim Thorpe Award – for the nation's top defensive back – a three-time all-conference honoree and two-year team captain who set a school record of 293 tackles in his career. Both men had outstanding college careers that allowed them to make UTSA history.

Did you know? Mabry and Wade both agreed to terms as undrafted free agents with the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks, respectively, becoming the first UTSA players to move to the professional ranks.

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