Texas Speech Communication Association names UTRGV legacy alumna ‘Community College Educator of the Year’ for 2017

BARBARA MAYO (Photo Courtesy of Northeast Lakeview College)

By J. Edward Moreno

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – OCT 20, 2017 – The Texas Speech Communication Association has named Barbara Mayo, an alum of UTRGV legacy institution UT Pan American, as its “Community College Educator of the Year.”

Mayo, who is an assistant professor of communication at Northeast Lakeview College in San Antonio, holds a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in communication, and a master’s degree in speech communication, both from UT Pan American.

She taught English at McAllen High School for a year after earning her bachelor’s degree. After earning a master’s degree, she began lecturing at UT Pan American, then at South Texas College. In 2013, she moved to San Antonio and has been teaching at NLC since then.

Mayo said her teaching philosophy is to encourage students to define success in their own lives, and use the skills learned in her course to obtain that.

“Influencing others to realize their potential and achieve their own definition of success has informed my philosophy as a community college educator,” she said. “As a first-generation college student who was afraid to even step foot on the university campus only 15 miles from my home, to being considered for the TSCA Community College Educator of the Year Award – that is my definition of success.”


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new School of Medicine, and made it possible for residents of the region to benefit from the Permanent University Fund – a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and other institutions.

UTRGV has campuses and off-campus research and teaching sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley including in Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville (formerly The University of Texas at Brownsville campus), Edinburg (formerly The University of Texas-Pan American campus), Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, and South Padre Island. UTRGV, a comprehensive academic institution, enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine welcomed its first class in the summer of 2016.


J. Edward Moreno
UTRGV Staff Writer / 956-665-3639 

Marci Caltabiano-Ponce
UTRGV Director of News and Internal Communications / 956-665-2742