LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A Clark County School District teacher was awarded Nevada's Teacher of the Year Monday morning.
Gail Hudson, a fifth-grade teacher at John R. Hummel Elementary School, was announced as the 2020 Nevada Teacher of the Year.
The district, along with Gov. Steve Sisolak, surprised Hudson with the award at Hummel ES, located in the south part of town, near Silverado Ranch Boulevard and Bermuda Road.
“Mrs. Hudson is a teacher that all of us in Nevada should be proud of,” said Gov. Sisolak. “Mrs. Hudson is a wonderful example of why we worked so hard with our Legislature to ensure that teachers in Nevada received a pay increase. We need to work hard to recruit and retain teachers like Mrs. Hudson so every student has access to teachers of her caliber.”
The Clark County School District posted on its social media account that Hudson has been teaching for 32 years and has impacted many students in the CCSD.
Gail Hudson 🎉 of Hummel ES is named the 2020 Nevada Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Hudson has been teaching for 32 years and has impacted many students in CCSD. She is dedicated in promoting equitable and student-centered learning for all. 👏 @NevadaReady @SuptJaraCCSD @NVSupt pic.twitter.com/vGpIuSQRzg— CCSD (@ClarkCountySch) August 26, 2019
“Mrs. Hudson is an exceptional teacher and an inspiration to those at Hummel Elementary and everyone in our school district,” said Clark CCSD Superintendent Dr. Jesus Jara. “We are beyond proud to have her leadership and expertise in our classrooms.”
The mission of the Nevada Teacher of the Year program is to celebrate excellence and strengthen the teaching force by honoring and recognizing exceptional teachers on a school, district, state, and national level, according to a press release about the event.
The Nevada Teacher of the Year is chosen from among individuals who are nominated and then choose to apply. After a rigorous application and interview process, Superintendent Ebert selected the awardee from among a pool of five finalists.
Monday's special announcement was a bright spot amid talks about possible teacher strikes within the district.