Headmaster Pete Sanders has recognized Technical Director of Theater Robert Fudge as the 2018 Distinguished Teaching Award recipient.
The Distinguished Teaching Award is given annually to a faculty member who demonstrates excellence both in the classroom and in extracurricular activities. Considered one of the most knowledgeable theater technical directors in the city, Mr. Fudge joined the staff in 2010 and has established a standard of excellence that is manifested every year in the school’s elaborate and beautifully designed stage productions. Known for his quiet professionalism and willingness to go the extra mile, he has also overseen independent study projects, guided students in producing the past three TEDxMemphis events, and expertly managed school and special events held in Hyde Chapel.
“Mr. Fudge’s work with students attests to his profound technical know-how and his abundant talents at creative design, but he is more than merely a ‘tech guy,’” Sanders said. “As Upper School Principal and Assistant Headmaster Barry Ray has said, ‘Mr. Fudge is not a traditional classroom teacher, but he is very much a teacher.’”
Mr. Fudge earned a bachelor’s in fine arts at the University of Memphis and expects to complete his Master of Arts in Education Leadership from Columbia University in December. The Boy Scouts of America Order of the Arrow awarded him the prestigious National Distinguished Service Award for his outstanding service as summer director of the Order of the Arrow Trail Crew at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico.
The Distinguished Teaching Award was established in 1990 through a generous bequest by John Murry Springfield, principal of the Hull Lower School from 1971 until his death in 1989. Robert Fudge and his wife, Lizzie, are pictured above.