Graduate Spotlight: Rebekah Vela

December 8, 2020


Meet Rebekah, a San Antonio native receiving an Associate of Arts in Teaching. After entering motherhood and spending 14 years working in cosmetology, Rebekah realized she was longing for a different career path.

“One day I was volunteering for my son’s class and I realized the classroom is where I wanted to be,” she said. 

Rebekah decided to leave her job as a hairstylist and Cosmetology Education Program Director to pursue teaching. She chose to attend St. Philip’s College as it was where her father had recently received an Electrical Trades Certificate.

As an honor student and member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, she finds purpose and motivation through the support of her husband, parents and two children. “My husband has been the biggest support through this, if it was not for him, I would not be able to stop working and focus on school,” she said.

In July, Rebekah will begin the TechTeach Across Texas Program at Texas Tech University. TechTeach Across Texas is a fast-track, one-year teacher preparation program, that combines intense clinical experiences with applicable online courses in district-based partnerships around the state. Upon completion of the program, she will receive a Bachelor of Science Degree.

Rebekah hopes to become a special education teacher for elementary school grade levels and strives to obtain a master's degree in applied behavior analysis.

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