of Dr. Frank Lucido
Born to Teach
“Ever since I can remember I wanted to be a teacher,” Dr.
Frank Lucido said. “I wanted to influence the lives of
disadvantaged children. I wanted to give them the confidence
to break the cycle and get their education.”
Lucido, who has taught for more than 35 years, is a professor
in the College of Education at Texas A&M University-Corpus
Christi and director of student teachers. He knows firsthand
the struggles of coming from a disadvantaged background.
Lucido was born in Mexico City. He lost his father in a plane
crash when he was a year old, and he and his mother moved to
Corpus Christi. He grew up on the west side of Corpus Christi,
graduated from Miller High School and worked his way through
school as an orderly in the emergency room at Spohn Hospital
in Corpus Christi.
“My mother wanted me to be a doctor, but after working
in a hospital, I was more convinced that I wanted to teach,” said
Lucido became the first person in his family to graduate from
college. He taught elementary through high school over the
years and was an administrative assistant to the principal
at Corpus Christi’s Moody High School. He later became
an assistant superintendent and superintendent for the Catholic
Diocese of Corpus Christi.
“I started teaching at the University as an adjunct faculty
member in the 70s. I taught during the day in the public school
district for 12 years while I worked on my master’s degree
and doctorate,” Lucido said.
Lucido earned three master’s degrees: one in elementary
education, another in educational administration, and a third
in religious education. He also obtained a doctorate in bilingual
education in 1990 from Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
Currently, Lucido organizes the University’s student
teaching program and teaches multicultural classes for graduate
“We sometimes form perceptions without really knowing
the child. I try to make the students aware of the educational
different populations,” said Lucido. “The challenge
is for teachers to adapt the teaching to the child.”
Lucido also keeps busy with research work. He recently led
a research project organized by the Texas Education Agency
to study seven predominantly Hispanic schools that have been
rated exemplary for five consecutive years even though the
children come from poverty and face language challenges. His
research concludes that the children’s success comes
from a combination of factors including parental involvement,
school resources and a high value on bilingualism.
He also counsels over 300 students each semester, believing
that his role as educator means being accessible to his students.
Velma Gonzalez is in Lucido’s class on Methods of Teaching
English as a Second Language (ESL). “Dr. Lucido is very
thorough in his methods,” Gonzalez said. “He incorporates
real-life examples and scenarios that help students better
understand what an ESL child goes through.”
Lucido’s achievements aren’t limited to the classroom.
Recently he received an Outstanding Advising Certificate of
Merit from the National Academic Advising Association. He is
one of 13 faculty advisors in the nation to be honored with
the award in the faculty academic advising category.
“No one epitomizes excellence in advising more than Dr.
Frank Lucido. He truly cares for students and they know it,” said
Dr. Dee Hopkins, dean of the College of Education.”
Whether chairing the department, researching, or advising students,
Lucido is doing what he enjoys most – teaching.
“I’ve taught students of all ages, and what I’ve
learned is that they come in all sizes and they have their
issues,” he said, “but all want to be recognized
and respected, and most importantly they want to learn and