“The legacy I’d like to leave for the next generation of Black leaders is to do whatever in your power, in your realm, in your purpose, to ensure our children live out the full power of their magnificence.” – Lagra Newman
2020 NEVADA TEACHER OF THE YEAR
Gail Hudson, a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT), is a veteran educator with 32-years instructional leadership experience. An immigrant student from Belize, British Honduras, Hudson was overwhelmed as she struggled due to language barriers and cultural differences. The first in her family to attend college, Hudson recalls the one teacher who set high expectations and believed in her; encouraging her to achieve her goals. As a result, Hudson commits to be the teacher who provides all students opportunities that were not realized during her elementary school years. Building authentic, meaningful relationships and ensuring that the whole child is valued, respected, and challenged, Hudson attests to the impact an effective teacher can make in a student’s life. Promoting equitable and student-centered learning environments, she values diversity, collaboration, and innovative leadership. Currently a fifth-grade teacher at John R. Hummel Elementary with Clark County School District in Las Vegas, Nevada, Hudson trained for the district Equity and Diversity Department; facilitating at district, state, and national levels. She leads as a facilitator for Nevada National Board Professional Learning Institute: Empowering Teachers as Leaders & Learners. Hudson holds a master’s degree in administration and supervision from Loyola University, master in curriculum and instruction from DePaul University, and a bachelor of science in education from Western Illinois University. Hudson holds endorsements in literacy and English as a Second Language (ESL) and a diploma in intercultural relationship from The Intercultural Development Research Institute. Additionally, Hudson is a founding member of National Board Network of Accomplish Minority Educators (NBNAME).
HUDSON'S SCHOLARS' AFFIRMATIONS
"My students and I have been on a quest to start our days with daily affirmations for several years. Words or phrases that elicit a positive mental state are known as affirmations. Words and thoughts have tremendous power, and they can make or break us. They can assist us in confronting and overcoming self-defeating and negative beliefs. We repeat them frequently and believe in them to make positive changes in our lives, which helps reduce the impacts of stress, especially now that life has changed due to the pandemic. My students are now taking control of their affirmations by building their own."
Affirmations are updated daily.
GAIL HUDSON OF HUMMEL ES NAMED NEVADA’S TEACHER OF THE YEAR
Gail Hudson of John R. Hummel Elementary School was honored in a surprise ceremony on Aug. 26 for being named the 2020 Nevada Teacher of the Year. Hudson immigrated from Belize and has been an educator for 32 years.
“Mrs. Hudson is an exceptional teacher and an inspiration to those at Hummel Elementary and everyone in our school district,” said Dr. Jesus F. Jara, Clark County School District superintendent. “We are beyond proud to have her leadership and expertise in our classrooms.”'
Pictured, from left to right, are Nevada Department of Education State Superintendent Jhone Ebert, Senate Majority Leader Nicole J. Cannizzaro, CCSD Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara