Venus ISD’s current featured employee is our Instructional Technologist, Mr. Warren Hudson. Mr. Hudson is in his 8th year in education and has had the pleasure of being a Venus Bulldog since day one. Warren is also an alumnus of Venus High School, graduating in 2003. He supports VISD teachers as they use technology to make a positive impact on their students’ learning, doing everything from teaching professional development, helping teachers use the tech tools available to them, and making sure the district stays ahead of the curve as technology changes. He has taught math, science, and special education, and has enjoyed teaching and learning with the best students and teachers in the state.
Mr. Hudson was born in Wichita Falls, but views Venus as his home town. His family moved to Venus when he was 10 years old and enrolled in VISD as a 5th grade student. He was involved in everything at school except band. If a school activity seemed like fun, he did it. Mr. Hudson enjoyed sports, Technology Student Association, and any other student organizations where he could lend a helping hand. During his senior year, he, along with his best friend and fellow VHS alumnus Micah Wells, enlisted in the Air National Guard to help pay for his college education.
Immediately after high school he went to basic training and technical school. He had planned to attend college after his training was complete, but was instead activated and sent to California. Mr. Hudson worked as an air transportation specialist, responsible for the movement of people and materials at a military airport.
During his first year or service, what he expected to be a miserable experience became an immense blessing; he was able to travel throughout Europe and the United States, but didn’t have to be completely on his own, as Micah ended up being activated and sent as well. Warren credits this to be a very formative experience in his life, helping him to grow and mature without losing sight of who he was or where he came from.
Mr. Hudson attended Tarleton State University (Go TEXANS!) and earned a Bachelor of Science degree. During college he worked at a few banks and thought banking might become a career option. He started as a bank teller and then began working with small loans and new accounts. During his time in the banking business, he began to realize that he wanted to be a part of the education system. He had a desire to help others and find a long term career that would be fulfilling.
Mr. Hudson met his wife while playing on a softball team with mutual friends. They dated for six months prior to their engagement and were married six months later. They celebrated their seventh anniversary this year. During their first year of marriage, Mr. Hudson branched out and applied for a teaching position at Venus ISD. He interviewed with Mr. Randall Buck who served as the VMS Principal at the time. Mr. Hudson was fully aware of Mr. Buck’s expectations because Mr. Buck had been his teacher and coach when he attended VMS. He interviewed and was hired by Mr. Buck all on the same day.
Mr. Hudson signed his contract to serve as a Math inclusion teacher. He credits Mrs. Porterfield for teaching him how to provide effective instruction to a variety of student learning styles, and for showing him that good instruction is universal, regardless of your teaching style. He taught math inclusion for three years prior to teaching 8th grade science. After one year as a science teacher, Mr. Hudson transitioned to instructional technology. Warren realizes it was a blessing to be hired by Mr. Buck and there was a big plan for him at Venus ISD. He realizes there are not many places like Venus and knows that many fellow teachers who have had to take their talents elsewhere for monetary reasons, always miss the students and family environment in Venus. He feels the best part of his job is to help others and learn what he can do to improve a frustrating situation. Mr. Hudson values the opportunities he has to work with teachers. He enjoys serving others and building the relationships with the staff.
In his spare time Mr. Hudson likes to travel as much as possible and spend time with his family. He is the father of Judah, Jacob, and James. Judah is a student at VPS and loves every single day of school. Every morning, without fail, he tells his dad that he loves his school and is going to have a good day. At the end of the day, without fail, he tells his dad who was there, who wasn’t, and who got in trouble. Mr. Hudson is thankful to VPS for helping Judah have such a positive experience with school.
Mr. Hudson is excited about where the district is going regardless if it has something to do with him or not. He feels optimism is contagious! In previous years, people would be cautious and reserved, but now they are optimistic and eager. He feels it is evident in everyone from the kids to the community.
Mr. Hudson acknowledges these special VISD employees who help make his job great:
Deanne Nettik – If she stopped doing what she does everyone would feel it even though few people truly understand what she does. She goes the extra mile, regardless of her own feelings or circumstances. She always puts forth her best efforts and it shows.
Ms. Campbell at VES – Every interaction he has with her, he realizes what a good teacher she is and how much she does for our kids. She is happy and having a good time doing what she does and so are her kids.
Tech Guys – When they are gone you notice, when they are there nobody notices. Our awesome tech department doesn’t stop from the moment they arrive for work until they leave for the day, every day. Mr. Hudson enjoys learning from them, and seeing their work make a difference for our students.