HCS Changemaker: Ms. Courtney Fudge
Congratulations to Ms. Courtney Fudge, a fourth grade teacher at Chaffee Elementary School, who has been selected as this week’s HCS Changemaker!Ms. Fudge first became interested in teaching when she was in the fifth grade and was able to help with the kindergarten class. From that day forward, she says, she wanted to be a teacher. Ms. Fudge has two siblings and watching one of them struggle in school also made her realize that, as a teacher, she could make a difference by simply forging connections with the students. She has a love for being able to see the profound change that occurs in them from the beginning to the end of the year, and she works hard to make sure that it is a positive one.
“Ms. Fudge is an astute, professional teacher-leader,” says Chaffee Principal Chrystapher Walker, “the relentless, positive disposition that she has each day not only motivates our students but also motivates our colleagues.” He goes on to mention that she is intentional with planning and preparing to ensure that she can differentiate her instruction and reach each and every student in her classroom. That classroom is a place of constant interaction, where students work with each other and Ms. Fudge to accomplish tasks and learn new concepts. Hands are frequently in the air as students respond to discussion questions or answer problems, and the room is all smiles as Ms. Fudge compliments the students’ effort. Sometimes students will play educational games to master concepts, and each lesson is personalized based on the relationships she has cultivated with the students.
Fourth-grade student Lucy Borders says, “Math centers actually have like little games in them.” Steven Little, another fourth-grade student, says that Ms. Fudge “is very nice,” and adds that she really understands what the kids like.
When she isn’t teaching, Ms. Fudge loves to read and says she mostly spends her time reading children’s books, so that she has a better knowledge base to recommend good books to her class. She likes all fiction but says her favorites are graphic novels. Ms. Fudge also enjoys getting to return home to her family in Wisconsin whenever she is able. Her favorite hobby is shopping, though, and she is always on the hunt for a great deal.
One day, Ms. Fudge hopes to become a principal because she believes that, as a principal, she could impact even more lives in a positive way. It would allow her to someday share all the knowledge and experience she has gained with other educators. The passion Ms. Fudge has for the craft of teaching is evident in her classroom and the students are benefitting from it every day. Her focus, dedication, and positive outlook ensure that she drives instruction tailored for the students’ needs and therefore ensures that they also enjoy great success.