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Auburn Hills, MI —March 25, 2013—-Avondale School District, an achievement-oriented learning community focused on student leadership and success in academics, the arts and athletics, announces that Marcia Hudson has been named Teacher Leader of the new Avondale Oakland University lab school at Auburn Elementary. The new partnership school, scheduled to open in the fall of 2013, is organized as a clinical teaching model to implement best practices for student learning, student-teacher education, and teacher-to-teacher mentoring.

As Teacher Leader, Mrs. Hudson will collaborate with an educational team of teachers, counselors and administrators to create a school culture favorable to enhanced student learning and personal growth. In addition, she will facilitate individual students’ learning by developing skills, attitudes and knowledge to support academic and professional success, as well as promote engaging professional learning opportunities among colleagues across the district.

Avondale Superintendent Dr. George Heitsch welcomed Mrs. Hudson to the new Avondale Oakland University lab school and commended her leadership skills in initiating innovative programs that educate both students and teachers.

“Marcia has taken the lead in developing the lab/partnership school concept and brings a long list of credentials and the experience necessary to advocate for high-quality education for all. She, along with the Avondale School District and Oakland University, are at the forefront of delivering a dynamic learning and teaching model that builds a bridge between educational theory and practice,” he said.

According to Dr. Heitsch, Marcia was instrumental in implementing several recognized professional learning systems throughout the district, as well as at Auburn Elementary, where she taught first and second grades from 1988 through 2010. Programs included: the STARS Looping program, Cultures of Thinking, Learning and Leading, all day Kindergarten, and the Teacher Lab, which was recognized by the Michigan Association of School Boards, Oakland County’s ‘Education in Excellence,’ and the Reid Foundation for literacy development and teacher leadership.

Mrs. Hudson currently serves as an Elementary Literacy Consultant to the Avondale School District and lectures at Oakland University about today’s responsibilities and opportunities in K–8 education. She received a Bachelor’s degree from Oakland University in Science and Social Science in 1987, and her M.A.T. from Michigan State University in Curriculum and Teaching in 1993.

Avondale School District is a collaborative community of teachers, staff and families working together to assure student success. The district, encompassing portions of Auburn Hills, Bloomfield Township, Troy and Rochester Hills, celebrates the richness of a diverse student population and strives to be a model school community that prepares students to be lifelong learners and contributing citizens to the world that awaits them upon graduation. Learn more about Avondale Schools, an AdvancED certified district, at www.avondale.k12.mi.us.