Sumner School News


Friday Faculty Feature - Mrs. Cude
Posted 01/25/2017 10:57AM

January 20, 2017


Connie Cude


Lower Middle School Coordinator

MS Science, Health and Social Studies

Environmental Club Advisor

Junior Honor Society Advisor


B.S. Georgia State

M. Ed. Vanderbilt


Who was a teacher you admire?


There are two:


My first and second grade teacher at Caldwell Elementary in Nashville.  She showed me that school was a safe place and encouraged reading. Thank you Mrs. Jere.


 My 11th grade American History teacher at Hendersonville High School.  At the height of the Vietnam War she encouraged informed debate and dissent in the time of a nation divided.  From her I learned to come prepared to a debate, but don't  be afraid to disagree.  Thank you Mrs. Payne.  I did get a chance to thank her in person a few years back.


Both of these individuals showed school is a place where you can be loved and both insisted you learn.  I try to follow these simple guidelines in all the teaching I do.



What do you do in your spare time?


I love to cook, try new recipes and new combinations of food and spices.  I also love to read (thanks Mrs. Jere) and I care for all my many varied animals as well as my husband and children.



What is your favorite spot on campus?


I have 2 - I love my room.  It is a place to teach, reflect and plan.  I also love the cafetorium at all times.  It is a place teeming with life, a place to connect with our school community.



What is your favorite Sumner Academy tradition?


Definitely the school trips!  I enjoy the day field trips, exposing students to new places and ideas. I really love the Barrier Island trip where students are first introduced to how science can be learned in the field.  All of these experiences build trust and encourage bonding.

Educating independent thinkers since 1973.


We believe in teaching a love of learning.


We believe in teaching with patience.


We believe in valuing the differences each student brings.


We believe in collaborating with parents.


We believe in creating and promoting a safe environment.


We believe in fostering social and personal responsibility.

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