Desiree Salazar is a dedicated senior at the University of Texas at San Antonio, majoring in Psychology with a minor in Civic Engagement. She graduated with an associate of arts degree from St. Philip’s in 2022 and consistently excelled academically, earning honor roll recognition for Fall 2023.

As an IES Pathways Fellow at UTSA, Desiree’s focus lies in advocating for the success of military families and their children. Through her work, she aims to enhance the quality of academic achievement and foster a strong sense of identity among military families, utilizing Social and Emotional learning strategies.

With a diverse background in education, including experience as a paraprofessional in special education settings and as a teacher aide in early childhood classrooms, Desiree has honed her skills in supporting students across various age groups. Additionally, as a Child and Youth Program Assistant, she was responsible for creating engaging classroom activities and organizing after-school and summer programs for students from kindergarten to eighth grade.

In addition to her fellowship, Desiree serves as the Non-Traditional Student Organization Military Liaison Officer, where she passionately works to bridge the gap as a transfer student. She conducts research and provides valuable resources to expand knowledge and access to educational resources in higher education for fellow students.

Driven by her passion for psychology and education, Desiree’s ultimate goal is to pursue a Ph.D. in School Psychology and become a licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP). She aspires to contribute significantly to the field and remains a lifelong learner dedicated to positively impacting the lives of students in Texas.