New Faculty Excited to Come Aboard!

The new school year is just around the corner! Brand new teachers to the profession had their first day on August 11th, while those teachers who are joining Hudson for the first time started on August 17th. As has been tradition, all new teachers were in attendance at the new teacher luncheon where they had an opportunity to bond and meet some of their colleagues!

Stacey Lyons joins the high school special education department, filling a brand new position for us at Hudson High. Stacey earned her BA at the University of Northern Iowa and has credentials as a K-8 Instructional Strategist I; Mild/Moderate K-6; and K-12 Instructional Strategist II. Prior to joining the Hudson staff, Stacey has assignments in Ames and at Waterloo West.

Jacki Simms isn’t a new face to Hudson since she filled in for us last year beginning the second semester in middle school science and special education. Prepared at the University of Northern Iowa, Jacki is credentialed in all sciences (5-12) and 5-12 Instructional Strategist I. Mrs. Simms previously worked at Fareway. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, spending time with her new puppy, and going to movies. She is really excited to begin work at the high school and looks forward to collaborating with colleagues.

Tammy Danger will hold multiple roles for us at Hudson, with her primary assignment begin 7-8 grade reading. Mrs. Danger will also serve as our ELL instructor. Tammy’s pedigree includes work at William Penn University (AA), Buena Vista University (BA), and the University of Northern Iowa (MA). Her endorsements include K-6 elementary, 5-8 Reading, 5-8 middle school generalist, 5-12 Reading, and English as a Second Language. Prior to joining the Hudson faculty, Mrs. Danger taught 8th-grade literacy at Central in Waterloo. Originally from Iowa Falls, Tammy has two grown daughters who are following in their mother’s footsteps as educators. She is excited to meet her new students, and is thrilled to be a Hudson Pirate!

Tony DiLeo should be a familiar face to Hudson, as he filled a temporary position last fall in middle school science. After returning from a 6 month trip to Poland with his family, we are thrilled Mr. DiLeo is returning to our faculty. Tony studied at the University of Pittsburg and the University of Colorado. Mr. DiLeo holds endorsements as  K-6 elementary teacher and K-8 mathematics and science. An avid outdoorsman, Tony was previously a mountaineer who spend a lot of time in the backcountry. Now, he spends most of his time with his family and four-year old daughter. He is really looking forward to implementing the NGSS standards with his 8th-grade students!

Emily Neff has called the Cedar Vally home her entire life and returns to the area after completing her degree at Central College in Pella. This year she can be found on the second floor where she will be joining the 6th-grade teaching team. Along with a credential in elementary education, Miss Neff also has endorsements in math and reading. As long as she can remember, Emily has had a dream of teaching and playing basketball. That dream was realized when she was able to play basketball for the Dutch, and now she is excited to be joining the faculty at Hudson and teaching 6th grade. She is very excited to be learning right alongside her students and seeing the amount of growth they will make.

Kait Hogelucht will be joining another high functioning instructional team at Hudson when she takes her place as a 3rd-grade teacher. Miss Hogelucht has dreamt of being a teacher since her days as a second grader at Dike-New Hartford. While studying at the University of Northern Iowa, Kait earned endorsements in K-8 mathematics and literacy. Prior to joining the faculty at Hudson, Miss Hogelucht was a long-term substitute at Orchard Hill. Engaged to be married in June, she has recently bought a home in Ackley with her fiance. She is looking forward to working with her students in a one on one environment with iPads.

Brianna Moore (Nannet) is the latest addition to the elementary staff, filling a new section of kindergarten that was opened late. Born and raised in Indiana, Brianna was prepared at Purdue University and holds an endorsement in Reading. Prior to earning her spot on the Hudson faculty, she worked at Blessed Beginnings in Cedar Falls. Brianna will be getting married in September and enjoys her pet cat Fluffy, enjoys reading, comic books, and crafting. After growing up and spending time living in a large city, she is looking forward to a tight-knit family oriented community where she can develop lasting relationships with her kindergarten students.

Sean Leonard is no stranger to Hudson schools, as he previously served as an assistant varsity basketball coach. Following the completion of his Health and PE endorsements from the University of Northern Iowa, Sean spent time teaching at Janesville and North Fayette-Valley before landing here at Hudson. Currently, Mr. Leonard lives in Waverly with his wife Lindsey and their son Thomas. An interesting fact about Mr. Leonard is that he met his wife Lindsey while he was coaching basketball for Hudson. At that time, Lindsey was our cheerleading coach! For that reason, he considers Hudson a special place and is very excited to be returning as a faculty member.

Jeff Curley is another familiar face to Hudson, as you may recall seeing Mr. Curley in the dugout during the summer as the varsity softball coach. Mr. Curley was also recently named varsity girls basketball coach. Prepared at the University of Northern Iowa, Mr. Curley holds endorsements in 7-12 business and coaching. Prior to his work at Hudson, Jeff worked for the Kelloggs Corporation and is excited to be returning to education where he plans to bring a positive and energetic attitude to the high school while embracing the opportunity to work with great young people and his new co-workers! Jeff and his wife Amy live in Hudson and have four children, Jack, Trent, Kyle, and Cole.

Ashlea Malek is excited to begin her career as a first-grade teacher at Hudson Elementary. Originally from Dunkerton, her post-secondary education began at Loras College before ultimately finding her way to the University of Northern Iowa. With her literacy endorsement, Miss Malek worked at the Learn and Play Daycare prior to joining the faculty at Hudson. Ashlea may look familiar, as she coached the freshman club volleyball team last winter. In her free time, she enjoys spending time reading, sewing, coaching or working out. She also likes to be outside kayaking and is always up for a new adventure! Ashlea is looking forward to embracing all that Hudson has to offer and can’t wait to help each student learn something new every day!