Lori Hudson, a fourth grade teacher at Phillip C. Showell Elementary, has been named the Indian River School District's teacher of the year for 2013-2014.
The announcement was made at the district's annual Teacher of the Year ceremony on April 18 at Sussex Central High School. Hudson was chosen as the district's overall winner from a pool of 15 candidates, one from each school.
Hudson has been a teacher in the Indian River School District for 19 years. She has spent the last three years teaching fourth grade at Phillip C. Showell Elementary School. Prior to joining the Phillip C. Showell staff, she spent 10 years as a mathematics and special education teacher at Selbyville Middle School, five years as a special education teacher at Sussex Central Middle School and one year as a special education teacher at East Millsboro Elementary School.
A Nationally Board Certified Teacher, Hudson holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Wilmington University. She is a member of Phillip C. Showell's school improvement team and is the school's lead social studies teacher. She has also served as a SMART technology trainer and as the chair of several educational book talks for PCS staff.
"Mrs. Hudson does her best to live life to the fullest with no regrets. When she believes in something, she goes for it and does what she can to make it happen," said Phillip C. Showell Elementary School Principal Laura Schneider. "She is passionate in all she says and does, and has a great love for the students in her classroom. Her sincere educational goal is to inspire her students to believe in themselves so they can reach true levels of greatness."
As the district's Teacher of the Year, Hudson is now eligible for the state Teacher of the Year Award, which will be announced on October 29.
For complete coverage, see next week's issue of The Sussex Countian. A photo gallery from tonight's event will be posted on Friday.