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Chamber members welcome new teachers

Rachel Brown tells fellow teachers and Hudson Chamber of Commerce sponsors why she is in Hudson. Brown, a new hire this year, will be teaching math at the Hudson Middle School.1 / 2
Travis Barringer, new principal of River Crest Elementary School, and Laura Love, new principal of Hudson High School, are served food by Kimberly Anderson of Mama Maria's Italian Ristorante during the annual new teachers luncheon held at The Phipps Center for the Arts. To the right also in line is Yvonne Larsen of Youth Action Hudson. Photo by Margaret A. Ontl2 / 2

It is a sure sign that summer is drawing to a close when the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau hosts the annual new teachers luncheon.

On Aug. 18, the district and the community welcomed 36 new certified staff members, including teachers, administrators, media specialists, therapists and counselors.

Of those, nearly all attended the luncheon which was sponsored by 20 different businesses.

The sponsorships pay for the teachers' meals and provide items for the gift bags. This year the sponsors were Associated Bank, Bramer Muscle Pain and Rehab Services, Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center, Tom Nielsen - Coldwell Banker Burnet, County Market, Ellner's Custom Window Treatments & Custom Closets, Grubs Pizzeria & Eatery, Hudson Hospital & Clinics, Hudson Insurance Agency, Inc., Hudson Star-Observer, Mattress Galaxy, McCabe Chiropractic & Wellness Centers SC, Special Children Center, Sylvan Learning Center, The Phipps Center for the Arts, The RiverBank, The UPS Store, UW-River Falls, WESTconsin Credit Union and Youth Action Hudson Inc.

During the event Chamber President Kim Heinemann give a brief description of each sponsor. The district superintendent, Mary Bowen-Eggebraaten, provided the audience with a list of achievements recorded in the district and highlighted the fact that the facilities, specifically the middle school and high school, are at the maximum student capacity.

To wrap up the event, each new teacher was introduced by their building principal. Individually they shares how and why they chose to apply in Hudson.

This year each open position had 25 to over 100 applicants, depending on the subject area. Elementary school positions normally each have 100 persons vying for each job.

Please see next week's Hudson Star-Observer for a complete package on the new teachers.