During a panel discussion at the symposium, the Region One Education Service Center's Teachers of the Year for elementary education Iliana Hinojosa (BIS '01) and secondary education Yvette Nevarez (M.Ed. '12), as well as the McAllen Independent School District's Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services Rachel Arcaute (BS '79, M.Ed. '90) and UTPA College of Education Associate Dean for Graduate Studies Janine Schall urged the students to gain as much experience as they can, always be willing to learn from others and, most importantly, to love what they do when they enter the classroom as instructors.
The symposium, held at the Student Union Theatre, was held in conjunction with the University's Hispanic Engineering, Science and Technology (HESTEC) week, held Sept. 24-29.
Pictured from left to right are College of Education Dean Dr. Salvador Hector Ochoa (M. Ed. '84); Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Martha Cantú (BA '85, M.Ed. '90, Ed.D. '02); Hinojosa, a pre-kindergarten teacher at Dr. William Long Elementary School in the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District; Nevarez, an English as a second language teacher at Alton Memorial Junior High School in the Mission Consolidated Independent School District; Arcaute; Schall; Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Havidán Rodríguez; and UTPA President Dr. Robert S. Nelsen.