Person of the Month: Judy Hutchison

Judy Hutchison recently retired after more than 40 years of service in education. “I have had a wonderful career in the South Conway County School District,” she said. “I would like to thank all of the administrators, teachers, staff members, students and parents for the opportunities and experiences that I have been fortunate to enjoy as a part our school community.” (Mike Kemp photo)

City: Morrilton.

Work: Speech/language pathologist for 42 years; 41 years with the South Conway County School District.

Education: A bachelor’s degree in speech pathology and a master’s degree in communication disorders from the University of Central Arkansas.

Why did you decide to go into your field: My mother was an educator and I was influenced by her experiences with special needs kids, especially those who had difficulty speaking. When I began at UCA, the speech pathology department was in the College of Education and part of the special education program. It just seemed like a natural fit for me.

What did you enjoy most about your work: Seeing the progress of my students and their sense of accomplishment when communicating becomes less frustrating for them.

Plans for retirement: Hopefully, the world will recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and reopen to travel. There are many places I would like to visit.

Community activities: We have a wonderful county library. I am an active member of the Friends of the Conway County Library.

Church activities: Parish Council at Sacred Heart Church, where I also lector.

Family: My family includes my mom, Jean Hutchison; two sisters, Jo Claire Hutchison and Mary Ann Hutchison; and my brother, Jim Hutchison. I have an extended family of aunts, cousins and friends.

Most cherished possession: I have a very pretty locket that my grandmother gave to my mom and my mom gave to me.

Most enjoyed weekend activity: Socializing with friends and family.

What do you love about living in the 501:  I know some amazing people because I live in the 501. I enjoy the slower pace of small-town life, but I find plenty to do to keep me busy.