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Nancy Hudson Has Passion for Teaching

Published: Friday, July 6, 2018

Nancy Hudson of Rochester is this week's Person You Should Know. Hudson is an Extension educator for health and human sciences.

Family: My husband, Jim, who is a retired funeral director/embalmer, two daughters; Wendi Whitworth, Louisville, KY and Melissa Burger, Cincinnati, OH; and four grandchildren, Summer, Kylie, Kyle and Carson.

My Job: as Health & Human Sciences (HHS) Educator consists of conducting educational programs about foods and nutrition, human development, health and wellness and family resource management. In my job, I also analyze, identify and meet the needs of families in Fulton County as well as collaborate with agencies, community organizations and educational groups to address the needs of families. The training for my job involves a Mas-ter's degree; I have a MS in Home Economics from the University of Kentucky.

My mentor: I would have to say that my mother was my mentor. She led by example and I gained knowledge, experience, career guidance and communications skills from her. When I was growing up, I was shy and with my mother's love and support, I gained confidence, self-esteem and independence. Mom was my greatest "cheerleader." She passed away 19 years ago, however, she's still in my heart and motivates and guides me daily. I was a 10 year 4-Her in Tennessee where I grew up. Mom was a real believer in 4-H and I was involved in several projects each year. Through my 4-H experience, I realized that majoring in Home Economics in college was where I belonged!

My mission in life: I love to teach and work with people. I do believe in the Purdue Extension mission statement "we deliver practical, research-based information that transforms lives and livelihoods".

Excitement for fair season: This year at the Fulton County 4-H Fair, I will conduct two food demonstrations hopefully for folks to learn and enjoy! Open Class will be begin on July 7, so I'm always eager to see the projects come in and be judged. I'll have to say that I love judging fair entries. Over the last few years, I have judged mostly food exhibits in both Open Class and 4-H.

Hobbies: Avid reader—I love suspense/mystery novels; enjoy cooking; sewing and needle-work

If I Could Do Something Else: I taught high school Family & Consumer Sciences (aka Home Economics) in northern Kentucky for 20 years and loved it!! Teaching is all I know and I think with all my heart, I was meant to be a teacher!

To nominate someone for this column, call or email Jerry Goshert ( or Caitlin Yoder (, associate editor. The telephone number for both editors is 574/831-2138.

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