Meet Ms. Roberts
Language Arts 7, English as a Second Language, Homeroom 7
7th Grade Coordinator, Writing Center Advisor
What led you to your current role at The Hudson School? What were you doing before you came here?
In some ways, it feels like I never left Hudson. Because I was there from fifth to twelfth grade, as was my sister, I continued to be connected to the school. After getting my masters in Art Business from Sotheby’s in London, I dabbled in a few different things. I did some work with a gallery, I worked at a health and beauty store where I eventually became an assistant manager, I wrote for some websites and local publications, and I engrossed myself in food culture through taking photos and writing about food on my own blog.
I remember vividly when my life was steered back to The Hudson School. I was working with my mother at her school (filing for free, basically), and Mrs. Newman had sent her an email, asking if “one of her two daughters” could tutor a student in French. I said yes, and that opened the doors for me once again at the school, though this time in a different capacity. As I continued to do one-on-one tutoring in French and English, I was asked to assist with all the middle school gym classes. With that came opportunities to do some substituting, which brought me into the classroom, where I experienced the dynamic that was so familiar to me, being a former student. Being in the classroom was amazing; it was the place I wanted to be. And then, that wish was granted when I was asked to teach 7th grade Language Arts.
What attracted you to work for The Hudson School? What is the story of how you came to work here?
I think my experiences as a student at Hudson made it so easy for me to want to work at the school. It was the teachers that really made Hudson a special place for me. I remember the teachers that I had, and now I hope that I can be half as inspiring as a teacher as they are. I often remember the palpable excitement and intelligence of Ms. Baldwin as we sang our way through the universe and acted out history in the sixth grade; the way that Ms. Couturie taught me math and transformed me from a below average math student into almost a math enthusiast; the endless scroll of facts and details about our American history shared in Mr. Gould’s class; the wise words about geometry and, more importantly, of life from Mr. Coggins; and how Mme. Monaco opened up French culture through cinema, song, and grammar. This is just the tip of the iceberg. These are just the teachers that I had for class and are still a part of the community. These teachers continue to inspire me today, along with all the others, but now also as colleagues.
Where did you grow up? What was it like to grow up there? Where did you go to school and what was that like? Did it have an impact on your choice of career?
I am Hoboken born and raised, and I grew up a stone’s throw from The Hudson School. While I was there, I probably had one of the shortest commutes to school. The Hudson School was my home, much like it is now. When I was growing up, Hoboken was a very tight community, and Hudson was very much a part of that. For me, Hudson was at the center. There are Hudson High alums who were a part of my entire educational career up until that point. It was that kind of community.
Hudson was an important part of my life growing up, as it was one of my only school experiences. I am often reminded of the intellectual diversity and warmth, as many of the teachers I remember from middle and high school are still a part of the school, continuing the Hudson culture that helped me to grow. At Hudson, there was a sense of freedom– freedom of ideas and opinions, but also a freedom to explore different disciplines though varied classes. This freedom instilled in me has allowed me to take risks and try out different fields in the working world, where I have collected the tools to help me be the kind of teacher that I am today.