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Dana Hills' Hudson OC's Top Teacher

Marine Ecology, Biology Instructor Earns Recognition

Randy Hudson TOY.jpgA marine ecology and biology instructor who helps students restore abalone and coaches award-winning science teams has been named one of five 2013 Orange County Teachers of the Year.

Dana Hills High School teacher Randy Hudson received notification of the honor from Orange County Superintendent of Schools Al Mijares, Ph.D., during a surprise announcement in front of his second period Marine Ecology students early Wednesday morning.

“I am not surprised that the Orange County Department of Education is recognizing Randy Hudson as one of the county’s best teachers,” Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees President John M. Alpay said. “We consistently hear from parents, students, and colleagues about his exceptional abilities as an educator. His subject area expertise and capacity to engage students are what we expect from our teachers in this District.”

Each of the 56 schools in the District selected their site-level teachers of the year. Hudson was one of three to receive the District honor and compete for the county award.

“Randy’s award acknowledges that this District has some of the best educators in the state and in the nation,” Superintendent Joe Farley said. “They provide excellent classroom instruction on a daily basis, and share their expertise with other professionals, leading to even more knowledgeable educators. I am proud that Randy will represent his peers in this important recognition.”     

Hudson began his career in 1999 as a science teacher at Dana Hills High School, where he has taught marine ecology, biology, environmental science, and oceanography. He has coached several nationally ranked science teams, including the 2013 National Ocean Science Bowl team that won seventh place at the national competition in April. Before education, Hudson worked as a lab technician, research diver, and environmental consultant.

“Teaching is like woodworking,” Hudson wrote in his application. “We provide our students with the necessary tools to solve problems but we must also teach them how and when to use these tools effectively to complete their own “projects.”

CUSD employs about 2,150 teachers at 56 school sites. They average more than 15 years of experience in education and more than 60 percent have earned graduate degrees. A little more than 40 percent of teachers statewide have a graduate degree.

The last District educator to be selected as a county Teacher of the Year was Laurie Cummings at Las Flores Middle School in 2010.

Posted by: Marcus Walton, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District Published:5/8/13
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