AACPS Volunteer of the Month
The AACPS Facilities Division is responsible for the planning, design, construction, maintenance and operation of AACPS’s 126 schools. Renovating old schools, constructing new ones, upgrading aging mechanical and electrical systems, replacing roofs, are some of the “backstage” operations that provide safe and comfortable learning environments for the amazing AACPS teachers, staff, and children of Anne Arundel County.
Outside consultants and other contracted professionals work alongside our talented Facilities Division staff, but one of these professionals, is no longer a contractor. Instead, he opts to give back to the school system by volunteering his priceless expertise honed by a long professional career.
The Board of Education is pleased to recognize Mr. Steve Hudson with the March 2017 Volunteer of the Month Award.
Steve is a retired mechanical engineer who spent his entire 47-year career at the James Posey Associates engineering firm where he designed heating and cooling systems for K-12 schools. In 1966, he worked as a draftsman to design the new Southern High School, and later advanced to mechanical designer, engineer, project manager, and finally served as company president. In all, Steve completed over 300 school-related projects, and eventually supervised renovations of the same schools he originally designed 30 or 40 years earlier!
Since his 2013 retirement, Steve Hudson has devoted his Fridays to volunteering in the Calvert County Public Schools Facilities Office, and on Mondays he serves AACPS.
According to Director of Facilities, Lisa Seaman-Crawford, Steve’s wide-ranging expertise and tenacity to solve problems is invaluable to the Design and Construction offices as well as the Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Shops. His typical Monday may start by reviewing design drawings to ensure they meet standards, then he may be suddenly pulled to help inspect a school’s new boiler installation or to puzzle over a malfunctioning chiller. And Steve always ends his AACPS Mondays with a promise. Whether it’s to review the drawings tucked under his arm, or to investigate energy codes, he’ll have it ready for our team next week.
Ms. Seaman-Crawford speaks for the entire division when she writes, “Behind Steve’s quiet professionalism and humble demeanor lies a fierce intellect and deep passion for precise design, best engineering practices, and exacting diagnosis. He freely shares his hard-earned knowledge with the entire Facilities staff to ensure the AACPS’s school buildings are the best they can be. This generosity of spirit, time, and knowledge makes Steve one of the most effective teachers in the school system.”