Nancy Uden, Hudson High School 

Subject: Math

Years Teaching: 28 years

Hobbies/Interests: Exercising, baking, reading and crafting

What do you enjoy most about teaching? I look forward to walking in the doors everyday because of the kids at our school and the people that I get to work with. I have the opportunity to work with people that love working with kids as much as I do. We are a family. The kids at Hudson are fantastic! I love listening to their stories about school, friends, or family. I want them to know that they are important to me.

What do you find most challenging about teaching?The most challenging part about teaching is the time after the contract day ends. There are still papers to check, worksheets to be made, and lessons to be made. Sometimes that means sacrificing family time and that is difficult.

Best tip for new teachers: I would tell new teachers to make sure they speak to every child every day. Connect with them on some level. The kids deserve a kind, caring person that they know is in their corner every day.

Best tip for career teachers: As a career teacher myself, I would recommend reading the books, watching the tv shows and movies the kids are talking about.

Favorite piece of advice for students: As you start focusing on your life ahead of you, find your passion. You don’t want to wake up every morning resenting the job you have to go to. Love what you do!

What being a Gold Star Teacher means to you: Since the announcement of being named a Gold Star Teacher, I am overwhelmed by the number of former students I have heard from. It is very humbling to know that these students care enough to reach out to me at this very exciting time. The students are why I do what I do every day. This award is as much for them as it is for me.