Estock Principal Wendy Hudson Announces Her Retirement
- August 28, 2018
- Posted by: Cuselleration
- Category: News
After 30 years in public education as a teacher and administrator, Wendy Hudson, principal of Helen Estock Elementary School, has announced her retirement. Hudson has worked her entire career in the Tustin Unified School District. Her last day is Nov. 2.
Hudson has served as principal of Estock School for the past two years. Prior to Estock, Hudson was principal of Tustin Memorial Academy for six years.
“Wendy represents the best of TUSD – she is a hard-working and dedicated administrator who cares about her students and makes sure they are successful in school,” Superintendent Dr. Gregory Franklin said. “We thank Wendy for her many years of service and wish her all the best in her future endeavors.”
Hudson started her career in 1988 as a classroom paraeducator at Jeane Thorman Elementary School. She then became a teacher and taught first grade at Jeane Thorman Elementary School, first and second grades at W.R. Nelson Elementary School, and third and fourth grades at Peters Canyon Elementary School. Hudson was selected as Peters Canyon Teacher of the Year in 1999. She also served as a mentor teacher in physical education and writing for several years.
In 2004, Hudson was appointed principal of Red Hill Elementary School and, six years later, was named principal of Tustin Memorial Academy. Under her leadership, Red Hill and Tustin Memorial were named California Distinguished Schools in 2008 and 2014, respectively. Tustin Memorial has also been recognized as a California Gold Ribbon School, California Exemplary School in nutrition and physical education, and National Blue Ribbon School.
Among her honors, Hudson was named TUSD Elementary Principal of the Year in 2010 and 2014, and represented the District at the Orange County Administrators of the Year Program, sponsored by the Association of California School Administrators, Region 17.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to work in the Tustin Unified School District for 30 years,” Hudson said. “I am leaving with the very best memories of students, parents and staff at all of the schools where I was able to serve. I will miss seeing the students each day but look forward to spending more time with my five grandchildren and continuing to compete on the tennis court.”
TUSD Chief Personnel Officer Dr. Chuck Lewis will work with Estock School to begin identifying the qualities and characteristics for its next principal.