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.

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

Enjoy a virtual tour and learn more with the UTSA Virtual Experience!

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 staff 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 Office of ESL Services 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 is proficient in English, Spanish, and Japanese.

Location: Main Building, Room 1.210

Email: teresa.valadez@utsa.edu

Phone: 210-458-7677

Stephanie Robinson
International Scholar Services Advisor

Stephanie Robinson is an International Scholar Services Advisor with Global Initiatives. She loves having the opportunity to meet students from all over the world. She takes pride in welcoming these students and helping them to feel at home here while they are thousands of miles away from their country and family.

Location: Main Building, Room 1.210

Email: stephanie.robinson@utsa.edu

Phone: 210-458-6571

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: 210-458-8177

John Kostovich
Lead Accent Modification Specialist and Course Designer

Over the span of his career, John Kostovich has taught over a thousand students, and almost as many classes in the field of Accent Modification.
His teaching methodology has advanced the educational and professional goals of a wide variety of students including university students and professionals in every field. His extensive experience includes teaching in Iran, Colombia, Mexico, Egypt, and the USA, working with prestigious institutions such as the Defense Language Institute (DLI) and the Centro Colombo Americano.

Location: Multidisciplinary Studies, Room 2.03.12

Email: john.kostovich@utsa.edu

Phone: 210-458-8177

Patrick Sanchez
ESL Specialist

Patrick has worked as a tutor and ESL Specialist 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 earned his Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language at UTSA in 2020. 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

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

Lara Ghali
Student Associate

Lara is originally from Palestine, but has lived in Jordan for 18 years and recently moved to San Antonio. She is also bilingual, speaking Arabic and English. She’s been studying Electrical Engineering since Fall 2019.

Location: Main Building, Room 1.210

Email: lara.ghali@utsa.edu

Phone: 210-458-7677

Damaris Lopez
Student Associate

Damaris is originally from Tampico, Mexico and speaks English and Spanish. She joined the office of ESL Services in Fall of 2020. She is passionate to help students in the world of ESL after having great mentors that helped her learn English when she moved to the US. She’s been studying Finance since the Fall of 2017.

Location: Main Building, Room 1.210

Email: damaris.lopezmartinez@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 for the period August 2017 through December 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.