Learning English at The University of Texas at San Antonio is not simply going to class. It’s an experience.

The welcoming environment at our university is one-of-a-kind. Our campus is located on the north side of San Antonio, a South Texas city that celebrates multiculturalism and diversity.

We think you’ll like it here.

UTSA students are some of the friendliest, brightest and come from more than 90 countries. So, when you make UTSA your home, you won’t just be a student, you will be family.

A Welcome from the Vice Provost for Global Initiatives:

As Vice Provost for Global Initiatives, this is what I want for you:

  • I want you to feel welcome and safe as you make lifelong friends.
  • I want you to learn all you can from our amazing faculty.
  • I want you to be successful in whatever career path you choose.

Our faculty and the English language team are committed to your success and well-being.  From the moment you apply until you graduate, we are here to guide and assist you.  We hope you like what you see here and apply.  We look forward to meeting you!

Lisa J. Montoya, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Global Initiatives
Lisa J. Montoya, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Global Initiatives

Dr. Lisa J. Montoya has been at UTSA since 2005, serving in various roles, most recently as Vice Provost for Global Initiatives. Previously, she served as the COB Associate Dean for undergraduate programs, for professional development, and for international initiatives. She earned her Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis, MPA from Arizona State University and BA from the University of Denver.

Location: Main Building, Room 1.209

Email: lisa.montoya@utsa.edu

Phone: 210-458-7370

Blanca Pokorney
Director

Blanca has been at UTSA for nine years, as program coordinator and program manager. She earned a master of education degree in educational leadership and policy studies from UTSA. Originally from Mexico, Blanca is fluent in Spanish and English. She’s passionate about helping international students recognize their talent and help them succeed academically.

Location: Main Building, Room 1.210

Email: blanca.pokorney@utsa.edu

Phone: 210-458-6136

Teresa Valadez
Project Specialist

Teresa joined the ESL Services Office in 2020. She grew up in San Antonio and studied at the University of Chicago, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics. She’s no stranger to the world of ESL, as she taught English in Japan and New Zealand before coming to UTSA as a Project Specialist. She speaks English, Spanish, and Japanese.

Location: Main Building, Room 1.210

Email: teresa.valadez@utsa.edu

Phone: 210-458-7677

Minako Shibazaki
Master Instructor and Lead Curriculum Specialist

Minako has been an instructor for the Intensive English Program at UTSA for 20 years. She is also a consultant for UTSA’s ESL Services Office and volunteers her time with Japanese and multicultural student organizations. Minako earned her master’s degree in Bicultural-Bilingual Studies at UTSA. Originally from Japan, Minako also lived in Montreal before moving to San Antonio as a teenager.

Location: Multidisciplinary Studies Building, Room 2.03.12

Email: minako.shibazaki@utsa.edu

Phone: 210-458-7677

Kamaria Nixon-Jones
ESL Instructor and Special Programs Curriculum Developer

Kamaria has been with UTSA since 2017, where she’s been an intern, tutor, ESL Specialist and Curriculum Developer. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Hawaii Pacific University, a Master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language and a Graduate Certificate in Linguistics from UTSA. Kamaria is originally from Wilmington, North Carolina and is fluent in English and Tagalog.

Location: Multidisciplinary Studies Building, Room 2.03.12

Email: kamaria.nixon-jones@utsa.edu

Phone: 210-458-7677

John Turnbull
ESL Specialist

John received an MA TESOL from Northern Illinois University and conducted case-study research among English-language learners in one of Chicago’s Latino barrios. He has taught English in several countries. In Colombia, beginning in 2011, he has volunteered as instructor with a public-school teachers’ union and as a peace accompanier. Previously, John was a journalist and writer on world soccer.

Location: Multidisciplinary Studies Building, Room 2.03.12

Email: john.turnbull@utsa.edu

Phone: 210-458-7677

Monique Adams
ESL Specialist

Monique joined the Intensive English Program at UTSA in 2020. Previously, she was a General and Specialized English instructor for international military at the Defense Language Institute English Language Center (DLIEC) at Lackland AFB. She also was an instructor at Houston Community College. Monique earned her master’s degree in Applied English Linguistics from the University of Houston. Originally from Massachusetts, Monique has lived in Texas for many years and considers San Antonio home.

Location: Multidisciplinary Studies, Room 2.03.12

Email: monique.adams@utsa.edu

Phone: 210-458-8177

Gregory Dobie
ESL Specialist

A UTSA graduate (M.A., Bicultural Studies), Greg spent 25 years teaching ESL and Citizenship in California before joining the UTSA faculty. He also works in the museum field as an editor and educator and as a literacy consultant for library programs.

Location: Multidisciplinary Studies, Room 2.03.12

Email: gregory.dobie@utsa.edu

Phone: 210-458-8177

Patrick Sanchez
Lead Tutor

Patrick has been a tutor for the Intensive English Program at UTSA since Fall 2019. Born and raised in San Antonio, he received his bachelor’s degree at UTSA in 2014 and now is in the Master of Arts, Teaching English as a Second Language program at UTSA. He taught English in Japan for two years in the JET Program and is proficient in Japanese.

Location: Multidisciplinary Studies, Room 2.03.12

Email: patrick.sanchez@utsa.edu

Phone: 210-458-8177

Judith De Quevedo
Student Associate

Judith has been an undergraduate student at UTSA since 2016 where she plans to receive a Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology with a concentration in Athletic Medicine on Spring 2020. She is originally from Laredo, Texas and Tamaulipas, Mexico and speaks English and Spanish. She is now working part-time as a student assistant at the Office of ESL Services and hopes to maintain a career in which she can help others achieve their academic goals.

Location: Main Building, Room 1.210

Email: judith.dequevedo@utsa.edu

Phone: 210-458-7677

Luz Torres Leon
Student Associate

Luz is originally from Durango, Mexico and speaks English and Spanish. As a part-time Student Associate, she has been studying Environmental Science at UTSA since 2017.

Location: Main Building, Room 1.210

Email: luz.torresleon@utsa.edu

Phone: 210-458-7677

The University of Texas at San Antonio Intensive English Program is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA) for the period August 2017 through August 2021 and agrees to uphold the CEA Standards for English Language Programs and Institutions. CEA is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency for English language programs and institutions in the U.S. For further information about this accreditation, please contact the CEA, 1001 N. Fairfax Street, Suite 630, Alexandria, VA 22314, (703) 665-3400, www.cea-accredit.org.