A native of Illinois, Sandy Hudgens attended Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois and graduated with a B.S. in Business Education in 1964. She obtained her Master’s degree in education from Western New Mexico University in 1973. After three years teaching in a small town south of Chicago, she and her then husband made the decision to see the West for a few years. They both accepted teaching jobs in Morenci, a small mining town in southeastern Arizona, where they stayed for 36 years. Sandy’s teaching career evolved from teaching typical business courses such as typing, shorthand, and bookkeeping to courses involving computers. She describes it as an interesting evolution and quite a challenge!
During her tenure as a teacher at Morenci Junior-Senior High School, she sponsored many extra-curricular activities including the cheerleading and dance squads, yearbook, and National Honor Society. In later years, Sandy also taught computer classes for Eastern Arizona College.
After retiring in 2004 and moving to Chandler, AZ, Sandy was reluctant to totally leave education and worked as a substitute teacher in the Chandler School District on and off for ten years. After meeting her partner Don Murray in 2006, a major part of her life involved traveling in Don’s RV and later visiting countries throughout the world.
Sandy spends the winter months in Sun Lakes and volunteers as an usher at the Chandler Center for the Arts. She enjoys line dancing, playing Mahjong, and daily early morning walks. In the summer as a member of the Activities Committee, she takes minutes at committee meetings, prepares fliers for events and acts as photographer at those events. Sandy says she has the best of both worlds; beautiful winters in the Valley and cool summers in the Village.
Sandy has two daughters living in the Valley, both of whom are teachers. She is the proud “Grams” of a ten-year old grandson and five-year old twins (boy and girl).