One West University Boulevard, Brownsville, Texas 78520 | 956-882-8200

Alicia Bolt, a Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with specialization in Bilingual Studies candidate for spring Commencement

Born and raised in a family of teachers and school administrators, I was enjoying my teaching profession as a high school teacher in Matamoros. After immigrating from Mexico to the United States as an “immigrant teacher” myself, I noticed immigrant students on the U.S.-Mexico border were being challenged not only by having to acquire a second language at the same time they were acquiring new content but also coping with the new school setting and leaving in a first world country.

As a new teacher of immigrant students at an elementary school in a small border town, I felt I needed to acquire more skills to be able to prepare students for the high standards the state of Texas had for them.

That is exactly when I felt the need to go to graduate school. I felt that I really needed to help immigrant students, even though I was an immigrant myself.

As I went through a master’s program in education, I left the classroom to become a school administrator. The challenges became different and more demanding. Now I was not only impacting my students, but also teachers of many students. Challenges that used to be at a classroom level now were part of a broader spectrum of school administration.

Fortunately, UTB was offering the Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on Bilingual Education. With the support of my family, co-workers and teachers, as well as dedicated professors that were always there for me as I confronted academic writing challenges, I was able to move forward into the program and continue with the passion that had always moved my heart: recent immigrant students that are English language learners.

I know I will always be a committed lifelong learner who feels in debt with the community for the many things that have been given to me.

Click here to read more about Bolt.
May 2011

For comments and questions, please contact the Webmaster.