Claire Sutton, CFNN Reporter
With her enthusiasm and positive attitude, Marta Godo De Lucas has been a bright spot here at Cape Fear. Mrs. Lucas is a Spanish teacher who is dedicated to giving her students the very best education. She has a heart for learning and loves to share it with her students.
Mrs. Lucas is originally from Barcelona, Spain. She attended the University of Barcelona where she studied history, but when she moved to the United States, she started a family and waited to join the work force.
Before moving to North Carolina, she lived in Long Island, New York for twelve years. She loved being around New York City and enjoyed her time there. In 2001, after the tragedy of 9/11, she made the decision to become a U.S. citizen. “It was probably the first time I felt deeply that this was my country now.” Mrs. Lucas stated.
After moving to North Carolina, Mrs. Lucas continued her education at Fayetteville State University, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Spanish Education. She then went on to earn her Master’s in Education from UNC Greensboro.
Last year, Mrs. Lucas earned her National Board teaching certification, which is one of her greatest accomplishments. “Teaching has been my profession as well as my hobby,” she says. The process to become a National Board Certified teacher is a difficult one. Mrs. Lucas spent many long hours preparing and working to earn that esteemed honor.
Mrs. Lucas has a heart for teaching and it shows. Students always have something kind to say about her and her sweet personality. “She has a heart of gold,” said former student Anna Draughon. “She is always happy to be at school, and she will do anything for her students.”
If you happen to pass her room, you will be sure to hear Mrs. Lucas praising and complimenting her students. Even in the virtual world today, Mrs. Lucas remains adamant about complimenting her students. She genuinely cares about the success of her students.
“I love going to conferences during the summer and learning about new ways to engage students in learning with technology or without,” Mrs. Lucas reflected. During this uncertain time in which we live today, Mrs. Lucas has kept a very positive attitude and has been patient with her students, even when there have been occasional technical issues.
Now, students do not normally take Spanish because they want to, but because they have to in order to meet requirements for a four year university. Teaching these kinds of students a second language is not always the easiest job.
Mrs. Lucas teaches her class in a way that students feel comfortable with asking questions. She makes her classroom fun by incorporating fun games and different activities to help students have a better understanding.
Mrs. Lucas is passionate about teaching the Spanish language and enjoys sharing her knowledge with others. “I am committed to helping my students enjoy learning Spanish and connecting to the world,” she says.
“I have taught in different schools in Cumberland County, but my favorite by far is Cape Fear High. I feel so lucky to be here! It is fun to teach in a place that is so supportive of teachers and has such great school pride.” Mrs. Lucas stated.
Mrs. Lucas has been a positive influence at Cape Fear High School and continues to share her love of teaching with her students. She has had many accomplishments in her life and we are blessed to have her here at Cape Fear High School!