Getting to Know You

Jennifer TalmaMs. Talma in front of international flag drawings

Ms. Jennifer Talma is a new Spanish teacher at Hudson Senior High School. She is also an advisor of the Multicultural Club.

Here are a few things to help you get to know Ms. Talma:

What is your role here at the Hudson City School District, and where do you work?
I am a Spanish Teacher at Hudson Senior High School. This year I teach primarily 9th and 11th grade. 

When did you start working here?
I began this year in September 2017.

What do you like most about your job?
I am excited to be part of a new community that is diverse, positive and progressive.

What is your education background?
I have a Master’s Degree in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Before getting my Master’s, I earned two Bachelor’s Degrees: one in Secondary Education with a concentration in English 7-12, and one in Spanish Language.

What is your background like – previous jobs?
I started my career working in Albany City Schools. I worked at Abrookin Career and Technical Center, which is a vocational center attached to Albany High School. I worked there as a Spanish teacher, teaching Spanish levels 1-3 for six years. I then worked at Hackett Middle School for a year where I taught 8th grade Spanish classes. I then worked at Taconic Hills where I taught Spanish levels 1-3 as well as levels 4 and 5, which are college credit-bearing courses.

What are your interests outside of school?
I enjoy reading, writing, and spending time with my new puppy. I often attend musical events and I love to try new food.

What is the best advice anyone has given you?
My grandmother was a wise woman who studied her whole life and tried to experience life in as many ways as she could. She used every experience as a way to learn and grow. She always used to say: “Don’t knock it ‘til you have tried it!” I try to follow her advice.

What is your motto or personal mantra?
My personal motto is hard work always pays off. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.