Teacher inspires students to set, exceed goals at Fitzpatrick Elementary

Teacher inspires students to set, exceed goals at Fitzpatrick Elementary
Hudson and her students (Source: WSFA 12 News).
Hudson and her students (Source: WSFA 12 News).
Mrs. Hudson wins the Class Act Award! (Source: WSFA 12 News).
Mrs. Hudson wins the Class Act Award! (Source: WSFA 12 News).

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A teacher in Montgomery helps ensure each student has the tools needed to be successful and reach their goals, and her name is Anita Hudson. While following a different career path, Hudson realized she truly belonged in the classroom.

"I was a social worker before becoming a teacher, and as I went into the schools to work with my students who I was a case manager for, I saw that they needed somebody who really understands why the child behaves the way they behave," Hudson explained. "So I said You know what? I think I need to become a teacher!'"

And become an educator she did! For the past 15 years, she has been teaching the whole student, academically and emotionally, at Fitzpatrick Elementary. And people are taking notice of her dedication and sincerity.

"She's extremely positive," said Principal Dr. William Milledge, Jr. "She believes in the students. She believes in what they can accomplish and what they are going to be in terms of going forward in their futures."

Her students might only be in fifth grade, but Hudson repeatedly encourages them, telling them they can accomplish anything!

"Whatever you decide to do, just be your best at it! No one can tell you what you want to be; you have to decide and be best at it," Hudson said. "All my children have different goals in life, so I just tell them 'hey - go for it!' and just make sure you put your all into it."

Congratulations Mrs. Hudson, you're this week's Class Act!

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