Meg Heaton has been a reporter with the Hudson Star Observer since 1990. She has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and Native American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
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On Monday afternoon, Hudson High School Principal Laura Love announced her resignation effective June 30, pending school board approval. Love has accepted a new administrative position with the Middleton-Cross Plains School District as the Director of Teaching and Learning at the Secondary Level. She will be involved in many of the same initiatives she has been part of at HHS. She has been in Hudson three years. In a letter to HHS parents, Love wrote, "It is important for you to know that HSD 2025 is a tremendous vision and one I believe excites educational leaders.
If the weather and the slow arrival of spring has dampened spirits this year, the Hudson High School play just may be an antidote. "Rumors," by award-winning playwright Neil Simon, gives a talented cast of 10 plenty to work with. The show is a collaborative directing experience for real-life collaborators Kari Heisler, HHS choir and theater director and her husband, Rico, who has choreographed and worked on several of the HHS musicals in recent years.
What a difference a year can make. When I turned 60 last April, it was hard on me. I usually don't mind birthdays but that one made me think about what it would be like to be young -- well at least younger. But here I am a year later now wishing I was 64, about to be 65, and done with a whole lot of things. It's not that I don't like my life -- my job is interesting and never the same from week to week. My kids are grown and relatively independent, not living under our roof and far less judgmental of Kevin and me and the dreary decisions they think we make.
Hometown girl Amy Richardson Timberlake has certainly made good. The award-winning author will return to her hometown of Hudson on March 23 to promote her third book, "One Came Home," with a signing at Chapter 2 Books. Timberlake is the daughter of Barbara Richardson and the late Jim Richardson. She grew up in Hudson and graduated from Hudson High School in 1985 and now lives with her husband in Chicago. But she says that Hudson will always be home and life in Wisconsin continues to inspire her.
Stephanie Koski's new job as the coordinator of the Day Away Program of the Aging and Disability Resource Center seems a perfect fit. Day Away is an adult day respite program for those who are frail or have cognitive problems related to dementia and their caregivers. The six-hour structured day includes activities, a morning snack and noon meal is designed for those who are frail or have cognitive problems related to dementia and gives caregivers time off.
All four candidates running for the two seats open on the Hudson Board of Education in the April 2 election pledged that they would serve with integrity and not act as a "rubber stamp" for the district's administration. There were only about 35 residents of the district at last week's forum held at The Phipps Center for the Arts and sponsored by Hudson Patch.
The Hudson Board of Education voted unanimously to hire Andrea Voelker of Hudson as Human Resources Director starting on July 1. She will replace longtime administrator Nancy Sweet who is retiring at the end of June after 30 years in the Hudson School District. Voelker is currently an attorney and partner in Weld, Riley, Prenn, & Ricci, S.C. out of Eau Claire where she specializes in school labor and employment law. She has served as counsel for approximately 20 school districts. She is the president-elect of the Wisconsin School Attorneys Association.
When Hudson High School senior Mac Hamlin inquired about wearing his U.S. Marine Corps dress uniform at his graduation ceremony in June, he was initially told no by Principal Laura Love. Hamlin, who has graduated early and just this week left for basic training, told Love that his training would be completed and that he would be home for the ceremony on June 15. Love cited the school's policy posted on their website about the commencement ceremony. "Seniors planning to participate in the Commencement Ceremony must purchase a cap and gown through Jostens.
Dr. Stephanie Roberts Long was recently named Wisconsin Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Association's 2013 Audiologist of the Year at a ceremony in Wisconsin Dells. Long graduated from Hudson High School in 1988. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa, her master's degree from Northwestern University and her doctorate from A.T. Still University, Arizona School of Health Sciences. She has been an audiologist for close to 20 years and has worked with more than a dozen school districts in northeast Wisconsin.
Jenna Evenson, HHS Class of 2002, center, has been named Somerset High School Teacher of the Year for 2012-13 and has been nominated for the Kohl Teacher Fellowship. Evenson has been a counselor at the school since 2008. She holds a Master's of Science in education from UW-River Falls and a bachelor's degree in sociology and psychology from Winona State University. In addition to her duties as counselor, Evenson serves as advisor to the junior class and National Honor Society. The award recognizes several initiatives by Evenson, both in school and in the community.