UTSA Libraries Peer Coach Sets Downtown Students on the Path of Academic Excellence

Apr 15, 2014

Teresa BarkerBy Ryan Schoensee, Communications Specialist

Teresa Barker is one of the best resources available to Downtown architecture students.

As both a library staff member and a senior in the field of architecture, she has undertaken the role of Peer Coach to support students and raise awareness about the many resources available at the UTSA Downtown Library. She does this through facilitating student workshops and being readily available for students seeking assistance. Having previously taken the same classes and succeeding at the same projects now being tasked to current students, she knows exactly what and where the materials are that architecture majors need to be successful.

 “Some students worry over coming in too often and bothering us, but they don’t. It’s what we are here for. It’s our job.” 

 With a strong interest in studying building designs, Teresa enjoys drawing and appreciating modern architecture. Last year, Teresa enhanced her studies abroad by taking a semester in Italy. She plans on graduating in the fall, and has a tenacious focus on redesigning buildings by using the materials they already contain. Teresa describes her passion as being able to recycle old parts and increase sustainability through seeing what’s already there and knowing how to best use it.

During the spring semester, students can find Teresa during her work hours at the Downtown Library: Monday through Thursday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. and Wednesday and Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Students can also contact the Downtown Library at 210-458-2440 to speak with Teresa or leave her a message.