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

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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Events

Thursday, May 5, 5 p.m.

String Project Spring Concert

This end-of-semester concert will feature the 3rd through 8th grade students who have participated in the UTSA String Project this year. The event is free and open to the public.
Buena Vista Theater, Downtown Campus

Friday, May 6, 8 p.m.

First Friday Stargazing

The UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy, Curtis Vaughan Observatory invites everyone to join them for their monthly stargazing event on top of the Flawn Science Building.
Curtis Vaughan Observatory, Main Campus

Sunday, May 8, 1 p.m.

Accordions Across Culture

May’s Free Second Sunday at the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures features "Accordions Across Cultures," with performances of Mexican, German and Czech accordion music, a documentary screening and crafts for the kids.
UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures

Monday, May 9, 8 a.m.

The Honeynet Project Workshop

This three-day event will focus on the tools, tactics and motives involved in computer and network attacks. Attendees from around the world will take part in world-class hands-on trainings and technical discussions.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom, Main Campus

Thursday, May 12, 4 p.m.

Master of Public Administration Open House

Visit with faculty, alumni and students to discuss the benefits of and requirements for a Master Degree in Public Administration and/or the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Administration & Leadership.
Meeting Assembly Room (BVB 1.338), Downtown Campus

Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m.

UTSA Spring Commencement: Ceremony One

UTSA Spring Commencement ceremony for the College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, the College of Education and Human Development and the College of Sciences.
Alamodome

Saturday, May 14, 4 p.m.

UTSA Spring Commencement: Ceremony Two

UTSA Spring Commencement ceremony for the College of Business, the College of Public Policy and University College.
Alamodome

Sunday, May 15, 2 p.m.

UTSA Spring Commencement: Ceremony Three

UTSA Spring Commencement ceremony for the College of Engineering and the College of Liberal and Fine Arts.
Alamodome

Wednesday, May 18, 3 p.m.

The Great Staff Appreciation Event

The UTSA community is invited to honor the roughly 2,600 UTSA staff members who contribute to the success of the university and its students.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom, Main Campus

Thursday, May 19, 6 p.m.

Superintendent Certification Program Information Session

Join UTSA faculty and staff, current students, and area central office administrators/program alumni to learn about this exciting accelerated and web-enhanced program leading to Texas Superintendent Certification. The event is free and open to the public.
BVB 1.322, Downtown Campus


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