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Her passion brought her to UTSA College of Education and Human Development in 2020.

“I chose UTSA because I heard it was a very good school for teaching,” Campos said. She said she heard about UTSA’s reputation from professors and classmates at Palo Alto College as well as an aunt who is principal of the Harlandale Independent School District in San Antonio and a graduate of the UTSA.

Campos said she loves taking classes at the downtown campus, where she enjoys the small, tight-knit community. But shortly after enrolling at UTSA, classes shifted to virtual formats with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Going virtual was a bit difficult for everyone,” Campos said, “but I just worked hard, did my best, persevered and got through it.”

Although Campos missed the in-person community she had become a member of, she acknowledges that virtual learning had some benefits as well. By taking in-person and online classes, she was able to experience a bit of the best of both worlds.

“I learned a lot about different technologies and how to integrate them into my classroom,” she said, “so it was a really good experience both in person and online. I love this program. It helped me a lot and I feel very well prepared for the class.

Some of those preparations included preclinical teaching on Zoom, an introduction to hybrid classrooms, and a year of clinical teaching, which Campos says really helps student teachers see the growth that happens in the classroom. Her favorite thing about teaching so far is the relationships she has built with the students.

“You really get close to them and get to know them. It’s just a great feeling to know that you’ve made a difference in their lives,” she said.

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