Degrees and Certifications:

BA Psychology/Education Rutgers College, Rutgers University, New Brunswick
MSEd Reading Specialist/Literacy Coach Monmouth University, West Long Branch
N-8 Elementary Education
Psychology Endorsement
Reading Specialist/Literacy Coach Endorsement Teacher's College, Columbia University TCRWP Summer Writing Institute August 2015 TCRWP Summer Reading Institute August 2015 TCRWP August Writing Institute 2016, TCRWP August Reading Institute 2016, TCRWP August Writing Institute 2017 Rising to the Challenge: Teaching Literacy Virtually and With Magic 8/12-8/13 - 2020

Ms. Hudak

I have been teaching since 1996, and have been with The Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District since 2001. I've taught Pre-K Three-year-olds, Pre-K Four-year-olds, Kindergarten, First, Second, and have recently been "promoted" to Fifth Grade ELA/SS!  I'm really excited to move up to Fifth Grade this year! Not only do I get some of my former students for a second time, I'm teaching Reading and Writing all day! Whoo hoo! I received my Bachelors in Psychology and Education from Rutgers College, New Brunswick  and completed my MSEd as a Reading Specialist/Literacy Coach at Monmouth University! Before I was married, I worked a summer Math and Science Camp (First Grade) for 11 years.
My passions are literacy and early childhood education, and Fifth Grade is a perfect place for both! One thing I loved about the program I chose at MU is that I was always learning new research-proven techniques and practices that I could put to use immediately in my own classroom! I still subscribe to several IRA (International Reading Association) journals to keep myself current. Together, we can ensure your child will grow a great deal as a reader, writer, and thinker this school year!
In my much-cherished free time, I enjoy gardening, hiking, reading, sailing, and being an Auntie. I also love spending time with my retired racing greyhound, Skipper (racing name Fly L Dejmal). Skipper is a big goofy boy who always makes me laugh! I am truly a life-long learner, and hope to inspire you and your child to be life-long learners as well!
I was fortunate enough to be admitted to the Teacher's College Reading and Writing Project (TCWRP) summer institutes for both reading and writing three years in a row! I love going to Columbia University to get some fresh ideas to better reach your children every summer! Two summers ago I attended the TCRWP virtual training for teaching reading and writing online. I missed the stained glass windows and mystique of the TC campus, but it was nice to not have to catch a 5:30AM train! 
I am a firm believer in doing things the best way I can, not "the way it's always been done" just for the sake of it. A lot of "traditional" practices have just not stood up to research, and a lot of innovative new ways are either research-supported or research-based (and promising) methods for teaching. I hope to keep you informed on this web page, in memos home, and during conferences to tell you both what I am doing (or not doing) and WHY I think it will benefit your child. If you have any questions about anything at all, please do not hesitate to contact me!
It is my goal to keep the children in my care as safe and healthy as possible.  I will be following, if not exceeding, all local, state, and federal Covid-19 procedures and precautions. I remain dedicated to being there for you and your child in any way that I can with flexibility, creativity, and good humor. This year, more than ever, we need to work closely together as a team to give your child the best Fifth Grade experience that can be had, and prepare them for Middle School next year!
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Last Modified on October 16, 2022