Faculty Profile of Dr. Frank Lucido
Born to Teach

Dr. Frank Lucido“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.

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 students.

“We sometimes form perceptions without really knowing the child. I try to make the students aware of the educational needs of 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 do better.”

Texas A&M Corpus Christi Foundation • Annual Report 2003