20 Jul Person of the Month: Judy Hutchison
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.