Lisa Hudson, Western Peaks Elementary

(Source:3TV) (Source:3TV)

Western Peaks Elementary got a big surprise when Javier Soto take over the campus, well one class at least when he surprised fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Lisa Hudson with the 3TV Silver Apple award.

Each year 8 teacher are honored for their excellence in education with this great award and are given $500 for use in their classroom. One of On of her students, Shelby, felt compelled to share her love for Mrs. Hudson and says that "Mrs. Hudson is very caring. She helps me when I'm stuck. She breaks down the problems and gives us clues to find the answer." 

Mrs. Hudson shares a passion for teaching and continues to inspire her students everyday. We asked her to share some of her experiences with us.

Why did you decide to get into teaching?
I did volunteer work when I was in high school and fell in love with helping others. That led me to pursue a teaching degree at NAU and I have been teaching ever since.
What is your favorite teaching moment?
I have twenty-one years of teaching moments, there is no way I could pick just one.

How did you feel when you realized you won the Silver Apple Award?
It was completely unexpected! As a teacher, you work extremely long hours and have to sacrifice so much; it was nice to know that all that hard work was not only noticed, but appreciated as well. I also felt very humbled. I have had the opportunity to work with some amazing educators, so I feel I owe a big thank you to all those teachers who have inspired and helped me along this journey.
What do you plan on doing with the $500 grant?
I plan on using the money to add resources to our classroom library (books and a listening center with wireless earphones). You can never have too many books!
What is one of your best practices in the classroom?
I use interactive student notebooks in the classroom where students keep all the things we work on during the year. They have one for each subject and at the end of the year, they get to keep them. They then have an amazing keepsake of their entire 4th grade year.
What advice would you give to new teachers?
I would tell new teachers that teaching is not a career, it's an honor. Remembering that has helped me immensely.
What was the greatest life lesson you've learned through your teaching experience that has affected your personal life?
I've learned that every moment in class is a chance to inspire and help someone. It's all the little moments that make a difference in the life of a child. This realization has carried over to my personal life and has made me grateful for those times or little things that you think don't matter, but are really the ones that end up being the most important.

Congratulations to Mrs. Hudson for her excellence in education and thank you for making a difference in the lives of Arizona's future leaders.