“The two teachers who helped me be my best…”

Produced & edited by Brian Diggs; cinematography by Anne Bannister & Brian Diggs & Taylor Harrison.

Our Voices on Teaching series features diverse perspectives about the importance of the teaching profession and personal stories about teachers who helped give rise to the future.

Warren Hudson is the Instructional Technology Coordinator for Venus ISD. He says he wouldn’t be where he is today without the influence of two important teachers in his life.

In a heartfelt interview, Hudson pays homage to Mr. and Mrs. Cochran, a dynamic duo who taught math during his middle school years. Their unwavering commitment to excellence left an indelible mark on his journey, propelling him towards success and eventual leadership in the education field. 

Mr. and Mrs. Cochran weren’t just educators; they were mentors who saw potential in every student and pushed them to exceed their own expectations. Their dedication went beyond the confines of the classroom, instilling values of perseverance and determination that Hudson carries with him to this day.

This tribute serves as a reminder of the profound influence teachers wield beyond textbooks and lesson plans. They serve as beacons of inspiration, guiding students through academic challenges and life’s uncertainties with wisdom and compassion. 

Let us all make an effort to tell the teachers who shaped our path how grateful we are for them. 

Video transcript

Two teachers, and shame on me that I have never taken time to thank them. But in middle school, we had a husband and wife team that taught math – Mr. and Mrs. Cochran. And they did such a good job at not letting you off the hook. (Pardon me.) But if you weren’t doing your best, that they knew me well enough to know what my best was, and they wouldn’t let me not do it. So I’m blessed to work where I went to school. And a lot of that goes back to teachers like that. I don’t think I would be where I’m at without, particularly those two teachers who helped me be my best.