Judy Hacker works in the Redwood Falls area for the Marshall Consortium. She has been employed as an ABE teacher since l987. Her college background began after her high school days in Iowa, beginning with Waldorf. She then graduated from Iowa State with a degree in K-14 vocational consumer homemaking and education. Other degrees include K-6 elementary from Southwest and a degree and masters from Hamline in English as a Second Language. Judy has taught in various schools from kindergarten through high school. Judy states, “Working with adults in ABE has been rewarding. Each student begins with a story about why traditional school was not completed and what a GED would mean. Many have pursued and attained their GED’s. Having English language learners from all parts of the world has also been fulfilling. Even the basics of English is a new experience for learner and teacher! Guiding students in college prep and basic skills has facilitated student self esteem and confidence in reaching attainable goals. These reasons keep the interest in ABE.” Judy lives in Redwood Falls with her husband, Jim, and they have two married children and one grandchild.