Psychology, communications alumna speaks at second annual Education Symposium

Martha Saucedo tells her story, brings encouragement to students

By Kierstyn Wiley
On February 22, 2019

Photo by Ian Saint: Martha Saucedo spoke at ASU’s second annual Education Symposium. Saucedo, an ASU alumna, was voted Texas Secondary Teacher of the year. 

ASU welcomed Martha Saucedo, 2016 Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year, on Feb. 11 to speak for the second annual Education Symposium in the CJ Davidson Conference Center. 
Saucedo graduated from ASU in 2004 with a degree in psychology and communications. She went on to receive her master’s degree in 2017 and was recognized for her 10 years of leadership in her education career.
Saucedo’s presentation consisted of her ABCs of life lessons to help people to become successful. She discussed each letter in the alphabet and described what they mean to her.
“‘A’ is the A’s you’ll place on their papers,” Saucedo said. “‘B’ being present. The ‘Y’ young, who are our future, and you are one ‘Z,’ zero to 100 percent of everything A to Z in education.” 
Saucedo encouraged current and future teachers to realize their role in students’ lives.
“I think if you’re going in education, you should want to be a role model and you should want to inspire the next generation of kids that you’re teaching,” said freshman Lauren Wimberley.
Saucedo also talked about her life story. She said if someone does not like where their life is going, they should be able change the outcome in a positive way.
“Appreciate the value of learning,” she said. “Failure doesn’t mean done, it means do over. Rock bottom is a great place to start a foundation.” 
She explained many downfalls in her lifetime, from being a single-mother to financial struggles. She said it did not stop her from realizing the support she had from family, friends and mentors all along. 
“As a teenager, I was pretty naive, and I believed everything that people told me, especially those in authority,” Saucedo said. “I was a confident young lady and I had all the support I needed to be successful.”
Saucedo spoke to the future educators and reminded them that students will believe what adults tell them. She said their job is not only to teach children, but encourage and give them hope for their future.
“Being a teacher is special,” Saucedo said. “Teaching is not a profession. It is a vocation; it is a calling. Every day’s different, every child unique, every challenge worth taking.” 
Not everything will be perfect, because if it were, we would not have room for improvement, she said. 
Saucedo reminded future teachers that they should not only be passionate about one thing but enjoy it all to be successful. 
“I’m excited about being able to work with kids and inspire them in a classroom setting because you don’t know what goes on behind closed doors at their home,” said sophomore Kathryn Yee-Young. “I like knowing that the children in my classroom are happy, healthy and safe.” 


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