Cazenovia Elizabeth G. Martin, of Cortland, is a Cazenovia College senior working toward a Bachelor of Science degree in inclusive elementary education. She was chosen to deliver the Sarah Webster Address at the Tenth Annual Wheler Family Conference on World Affairs, held Sept. 7, at Cazenovia College. This year’s address, titled “On Education,” reflected on the ways Martin’s educational experiences have influenced her life.
“The education I have received at Cazenovia College has helped guide me on my path to becoming an educator, and I feel as though I am well-prepared to start my career,” Martin said. “After graduation, I hope to obtain a job in the Cazenovia area and to earn my masters degree.”
The address, given at an invitation-only breakfast that opened the conference, honors the memory of Sarah Webster, an alumna of Corcoran High School in Syracuse, and St. Lawrence University, who died unexpectedly in 2004. The address is sponsored by her parents.
The breakfast honors Cazenovia College’s master students (juniors and seniors who assist professors in teaching the College’s First Year Seminar classes). A master student is traditionally chosen as a speaker.
Martin is a recipient of Cazenovia College’s Emerson Scholarships and Presidential Leadership Scholarships. She has made the Dean’s List every semester since 2009 and is president of Equine Ambassadors Club as well as the Cazenovia College Chorale. She is also a member of the Western Equestrian Team and the Miniature Horse Drill Team.
Upon her graduation in May 2012, she will have earned certifications for teaching grades 1 through 6 in childhood education, and teaching students with disabilities at the childhood level.
One of Martin’s passions is horses, and she creatively found a way to incorporate them into her plan to become an educator. “The amazing education that can be given to a child through a horse is indescribable,” she said. “I have seen it and I have felt it. My horses give me the comfort and the relaxation I need when I am having a tough day. I want my students to have that same safe haven as well. To see the transformation in a child when the horse is doing the teaching is a special moment.”
A graduate of Homer Central Schools, Martin has been a substitute teacher’s aide at all levels at her alma mater, at Truxton Elementary School, Cazenovia Central Schools as well as Syracuse City Schools, and is now qualified as a substitute head teacher.
As she works toward graduation in May, Martin continues to stay active and involved in campus life at Cazenovia College.
Wayne Westervelt is director of communications at Cazenovia College. He can be reached at 655-7377 or firstname.lastname@example.org.