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Richmond principal mentors amid teacher shortage

RICHMOND, Va. -- On any given day, you’ll find Principal David Hudson greeted by warm smiles at Holton Elementary School in Richmond.

He’s been the principal at the school for 14 years, and one of his top priorities is making sure everything feels comfortable.

“I make sure the children have free range to share concerns with me at any time during the day if anything is bothering them, plus I do walkthroughs in the morning,” said Hudson.


In a recent investigation, CBS 6 told you about the struggle to find substitute teachers in Richmond Public Schools.

Since our story, school board member Kim Gray said more people have inquired about substituting in Richmond.

“A lot of nontraditional subs... People who are retired and weren’t really thinking about giving back to the school district,” said Gray. “So I think it’s really exciting.”

Superintendent Dr. Dana Bedden has said continuing to improve the culture and climate in schools was a top priority.

This is something Principal Hudson has focused on for years.

Principal David Hudson

Principal David Hudson

Students at Holton Elementary told CBS 6 that Principal Hudson teaches them how to listen and have manners.

Along with staying involved with students, Principal Hudson said he’s in constant contact with his teachers, listening to any problems they may have.

“Anything we need, anytime we have a problem he addresses it immediately and we get to move forward and continue to work with the kids,” said Melissa Cohen, a teacher at Holton Elementary.

Hudson said he also mentors other principals in Richmond to help guide them.

“You want to create an environment where their students feel comfortable, because if you don’t feel comfortable you can’t even focus on the academics,” said Hudson.

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