Innovator of the Year

Innovator of the Year
Posted on 05/14/2018
Innovator of the Year

Julie Hudnall, a Physical Education teacher at Battlefield Park Elementary School (BPES), has been named as the first-ever Hanover County Public Schools Innovator of the Year. The award is designed to encourage and empower teachers to transform learning by continuously challenging, inspiring, and engaging students using new and relevant ideas.

Hudnall received $1,000 from the Hanover Education Foundation, a document camera, and a crystal engraved award. She is a former Hanover County Public Schools graduate and has been employed as a teacher since 2013.

As a model for her colleagues at BPES and physical education peers across the county, Hudnall has presented during professional development sessions and at the Active RVA conference. She shares her innovative ideas broadly through multiple Twitter accounts and globally through Google. Hudnall also shares and collaborates with parents in various ways, such as the Fit with Family boards, FlipGrid videos produced by her students, and the Bobcat Running Club.

Hudnall said, “I would like to thank the entire HCPS Innovator of the Year team who put this award together and made it possible for innovative educators to gain recognition for the ideas we implement. I would also like to thank Mrs. McCaleb, Mrs. Verlander, and the entire BPES staff and community for supporting me and my vision to make Physical Education an innovative classroom environment that just happens to take place in a gymnasium. This honor is especially remarkable to me knowing that the pool of candidates for this award were fellow amazing and innovative HCPS educators, who I would like to thank for shaping me during my years here as an HCPS student. Words cannot express the feeling of knowing that the work you put into something is cherished, appreciated, and recognized by a community. I am honored to be the inaugural HCPS Innovator of the Year.”

Ms. Jaclyn McCaleb, BPES Interim Principal, said, “I am so proud of Mrs. Julie Hudnall for receiving the very first Innovator of the Year Award. Julie goes above and beyond daily to inspire our students through engaging activities, peer collaboration, and technology. Our students are always so excited to go to their PE block because each day is something new and different. Mrs. Hudnall is teaching our children to be healthier mentally and physically. She is making a great impact not only on our school but the entire BPES community.”

Each year, HCPS will select one educator for this distinguished award to serve as a role model and ambassador for innovation throughout the division to foster higher student growth and achievement.

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