Hudson teaches fifth grade Lowery class

Allison B. Hudson

Donaldsonville Chief Editor Allison B. Hudson taught an English/Language Arts class at Lowery Elementary School as part of Teach for America Week in South Louisiana.

Hudson taught Hannah Twillman’s fifth grade class. Twillman is a 2011 Teach for America Corps member.

Teach for America week took place April 30-May 4. The purpose was to engage local leaders in support of the movement to expand educational opportunity. Hudson, along with several other leaders served as guest teachers in the classrooms of Teach For America corps members, inspiring students with dynamic lessons that connect their curriculum to real life.

“We were excited about the broad range of leaders who participated in Teach For America Week this year,” said Michael Tipton, executive director of Teach For America in South Louisiana. “By sharing their expertise in classrooms across our region, these accomplished individuals made a lasting impression on hundreds of students and helped focus attention on the importance of providing all children with the educational opportunities they deserve.”

Hudson taught a group of fifth graders about news reporting and how to put together a newspaper.

“I was amazed at how many questions the students asked,” said Hudson. “It was a great way to educate students on a potential career field for them.”

Other teachers who were guests’ teachers throughout the week were: Steve Blum, Refinery Manager at Exxon Mobil, Jonathan Percle, Chief Financial Officer of the Baton Rouge Business Report, Julius Bedford, Lubricants & Specialties, South central Cluster Manager at ExxonMobil, Ron Zumstein, Vice President of Manufacturing at Albemarle, Bill Borne, Chief Executive Officer at Amedisys, Angela Zeringue, Polyolefins Plant Manager at ExxonMobil, and Lou Frey, Vice President and General Manager, Donaldsonville Nitrogen Complex at CF Industries Holdings , Inc.

About Teach for America

Teach For America works in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunity for children facing the challenges of poverty. Founded in 1990, Teach For America recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding individuals of all academic disciplines to commit two years to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the movement to end educational inequity. Today more than 9,000 corps members are teaching in 43 urban and rural regions across the country, while nearly 24,000 alumni are working across sectors to ensure that all children have access to an excellent education. For more information, visit and follow us on Facebook and Twitter