Martha Lucia is a student originally from Colombia, South America and she’s been living in the United States for the last 19 years. Married, her husband Greg has been her great support, along with her children, Avalon and Ethan, and her brother and family in Colombia. She will receive a B.S. in Early Childhood Elementary Education.
Are you a transfer student?
I was dual-enrolled, taking classes at Chemeketa obtaining my AAOT and at Western for my BS Early childhood. It took a lot of hard work and going to school, both full time.
Why did you choose WOU?
I choose WOU, because I learned through teacher friends about the quality of the Teaching Program, small class sizes and support to their students. It was an honor to be a Project PIECE Scholar. PIECE Project is funded by a grant from the U.S. Office of Special Education Programs, and is a collaborative project of the College of Education and The Research Institute at WOU. This is an innovative program that blended Early Childhood/Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education program
What do you love most about WOU?
I love several things about WOU. First of all the architecture, small class sizes and the fact that I was able to have classes online; hybrid and Saturdays.
What do you love most about the degree you completed?
I love the coursework; it was relevant to our practices. I gained knowledge and experience in differentiated education and inclusive settings. Our readings and reflections allowed me to be more sensitive of the importance of equity and inclusion
What has been your biggest achievement, success or accomplishment in college?
To pass my edTPA was my biggest achievement, it was long and stressful. No room for error.
Has there been a class or professor that has been particularly inspiring to you? Please tell us about it!
My academic adviser and Director of the Early Childhood Program Dr. Cindy Ryan, along with her colleagues, have been an inspiration because of their high values towards equity, inclusion and social justice. I borrowed this quote that reflects our thinking and vision. “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”
― Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom
What will you miss most about college?
Funny to say but I missed homework for a while. Certainly I will be missing my professors from the Early Childhood Department, always positive and encouraging during rough times.
What are your plans for after graduation?
Planning to apply at Salem Keizer School District in a teaching Position.
What advice do you have for current and future Wolves?
I will advise to enjoy school and learning, be the change and always be positive and inclusive.
What is your favorite spot on campus and why?
The lobby of the Department of Education. Relaxing and cozy.
Did you have any funny mishaps or moments of confusion when you first started at WOU?
I did not know, as many probably don’t, if you have a valid parking sticker from Chemeketa, you don’t have to pay parking at Western.
What’s the most important lesson you learned about yourself while in college?
That I am strong woman, resilient. Age is not a limitation.