Carol Hudson, a kindergarten teacher at Brauchle Elementary School, was named a winner of the 2016 Trinity Prize for Excellence in Teaching.
She was chosen from 19 educators nominated by each area school district in recognition of outstanding performance in public education. All nominees were honored April 29 during a ceremony at Trinity University. Calvin Lambert, a Navy JROTC instructor from Uvalde CISD, was also named a Trinity Prize winner.
Hudson has spent her entire nine-year teaching career at Brauchle and has been teaching kindergarten since 2007. She believes every student can learn and tells her students that they were specially selected to be in her class.
“I teach children to read the word ‘the,’ a word they will read automatically throughout their lives, and very few of them will remember the day they first read it as Word Detectives with magnifying glasses,” Hudson says. “What I do hope they remember is that when they came to school and entered my classroom they felt loved, valued, successful at taking risks, and rewarded for stretching beyond their comfort zone.”
Hudson graduated from UTSA in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. She is also a Northside ISD product, attending Cody ES, Pease MS, and graduating from Taft HS.
“We are so proud that one of our own Northside products has been recognized with the Trinity Prize this year,” says Dr. Brian T. Woods, NISD Superintendent. “Carol Hudson is the educator she is today because she benefitted from the caring Northside teachers who developed her love of learning. Now she passes that on to the five and six year olds in her classroom.”
The greater San Antonio area's oldest and most prestigious teaching award, the Trinity Prize was launched in 1982 to honor public school teachers who distinguish their teaching practice through outstanding classroom performance, leadership in the school and school district, and encouraging the promotion of best practices and innovative thought in the education profession.
Brauchle ES Principal Adriana Garza describes Hudson as a stand out teacher with a determination to make every child succeed.
“Ask any principal about their ‘dream teacher’ and they will smile (because just the thought of having a dream teacher makes them happy) and then they will say they need to have a skill set that is hard to find in one individual teacher. These key qualities include passion for teaching, creativity in planning, expertise in curriculum and instruction, leadership in and out of the classroom and most importantly, a genuine love of their students. Carol Hudson is that teacher.”
Recipients of the Prize each received $2,500 and a crystal apple from Tiffany & Co. Trinity sponsors the award along with the H-E-B Grocery Co. and the San Antonio Express-News. A panel of San Antonio business and community leaders selected the winners.