Laura Angove

Laura Angove
Hudson Elementary & Hudson High School

School: Hudson Elementary & Hudson High School

School System: Hudson Community School District

Subject and Grade Level: Talented and Gifted teacher at Hudson Elementary School, and an art teacher at Hudson High School

Education: University of Northern Iowa

Hobbies: Reading, Bicycling, Spending time with family and friends.

Family members: Garland Angove (Husband) Dallas Angove (son)

How long have you been teaching: Since 1989

The Thing You Like Most About Teaching: The thrill of developing and finding talent. I try to inspire students to grow personally and academically. I move around the district and am not stuck in one room all day. It’s great to go from elementary morning leg hugs at recess, to smiles in the high school halls while traveling to the art room in the afternoon. I really love collaborating with the staff in the district. Hudson is a great place to teach! Teaching truly enriches my life.

The Thing You Find Most Challenging About Teaching: The challenge of incorporating the ever changing technology into the classroom.  Trying to utilize tools we have and finding new technology to have student use cutting edge tools. I work on changing a few lessons each year to make my teaching fresh and interesting.

Best Tip for New Teachers: Know your content inside and out so you can be an expert in your field for the students. Always ask for help from mentors around you. Make sure your disciplinary efforts are firm and consistent. Always be there for your students to listen and offer a kind word.

Best Tip for Career Teachers: Try to mix up your lessons to be innovative for your students so they are prepared for the ever changing future!

Favorite Piece of Advice for Students: Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Realize that teachers have your best interest in mind.

What Being a Gold Star Teacher Means to You: With all of the outstanding teachers in our district and in our county I never dreamed that I would be chosen.  When I found out that I was bestowed with the honor I was overwhelmed and felt like it was a dream. The Gold Star award is a much esteemed among the teaching community in this area. It’s an unbelievable honor to have been given this token of great appreciation from the McElroy committee. Thank you to administers, parents and students who have nominated me. Teachers work without much hoopla or recognition but do their work because they love their students and have a passion for what they teach.  Being given the Gold star is a splash of hoopla! Being paid tribute to is one of the most prestigious honors a teacher could hope for in their career.

Lastly I would like to thank R.J. McElroy and his foundation for the influence they had in so many of the lives in Black Hawk County.