As part of an Educator Appreciation effort that the U.S. Department of Education is undertaking to kick off 2017, educators were asked to submit nominations for colleagues that they think are doing an exception job. UW Lab School Principal, Dr. Margaret Hudson was nominated by a colleague and the nomination reads:
Margaret is a principal who leads her teachers through bottom-up decision making. She trusts her teachers and encourages them to teach in ways that engage their students in meaningful, memorable, exciting, intrinsically-motivating, and authentic learning. She encourages project-based, problem-based, active learning and finds ways to obtain the necessary resources for valuable field trips like outdoor camps lasting 3 days and 2 nights, or overnight trips to experience concepts first hand. Margaret is very approachable and always sees the best in each person and each situation.
Patrick Kelly, U.S. Department of Education followed up by saying:
Thank you so much for the incredible job that you do every day and for helping your students to reach their full potential. Please know that the staff at the Department deeply appreciates your work, and we wish you the very best for 2017!
Margaret was also recently informed that her chapter proposal titled “A Community of Learners and Leaders in a School-University Partnership,” has been selected as a finalist for inclusion in the book “Leadership in Professional Development Schools”, co-authored by her sister, Dr. Jayne Hellenberg. Margaret will be submitting the full chapter for final consideration in May 2017.