Welcome to Hudson Middle School! I am honored to serve as the principal of this outstanding school and community, which is known far and wide for its dedication to excellence, but more importantly, to children. I have earned a Bachelor of Science in Biological Science from the University of California of Irvine and a Master’s degree in Education from University of California of Los Angeles. This is my 18th year in education, and twelve of those years are with GISD. I have served as a science teacher and as an instructional coach at North Garland High School. I have also served as an Assistant Principal at MacArthur High School for three years, and four years at Garland High School.
I believe that it is important to stand firm on the belief that every student can be successful. I also believe that it is crucial to be fair in the treatment of everyone and be flexible for the ability of meeting the needs of all those involved in the academic success of students. I am committed to implementing a shared vision where every student can and will be successful. I look forward to working together with parents, staff, and the community to ensure our Hudson Hawks surpass their potential as learners, exceling in their social development, and foster a love for lifelong learning.
Greetings Hudson family! My name is Barbara Figarelli and I am new to Garland I.S.D. This year I will begin my 27th year in education and I am honored to be part of the Hudson team. Originally from Springfield, Illinois, I moved to Texas early in my career and taught in Harlingen, Texas for 14 years. My family relocated to the Houston area in 2009. For the past 10 years, I have served the students and staff of Texas City I.S.D. as a teacher and most recently as an Assistant Principal. My area of focus is middle school. My goals are to help students transition successfully to middle school and also to lead the Math, Fine Arts, Special Education, and Elective departments as an integral part of the Hudson team. It will be my honor to serve as the 6th grade Assistant Principal here at Hudson.
In my spare time, I love being with my family and traveling. My husband, Joseph Figarelli, also works for Garland I.S.D. and our two children will be in 11th grade and 9th grade this year.
Hello Hawks! My name is Laketa Graham, and I'm beyond excited to be a part of the Hudson Hawk family. In my 19 years as an educator, I have spent some time in Lancaster and Dallas ISDs; however, Garland ISD has been home for the last 14 years. I served as a teacher at South Garland High School for nine years before becoming an Instructional Coach for five years at Sam Houston Middle School. My journey has now brought me to Hudson Middle School.
The belief that all kids can improve academically regardless of their deficits drives me. Growing kids and cheering them on as they overcome their obstacles and surpass their goals is my passion. As an assistant principal at Hudson Middle School, I will lead with that passion, having compassion and providing support to our teachers, parents, and students in pursuit of their academic excellence.
When I'm not working, my time is spent as a mom to a teenage daughter, expressing myself through color, or taking in some East Texas air. I can't wait to add many community activities involving my new Hawk family to that list.
Welcome Hawks! My name is Matt McMahon, and I am excited to join the team here at Hudson as the new 6th Grade Assistant Principal for the 2022-2023 school year. I grew up in Houston originally before making my way up to DFW with my wife Natalie after we graduated from college. I started my career in education in Garland as a paraprofessional at Bradfield Elementary before taking my first teaching job as a 6th grade Social Studies teacher at Webb Middle School. I then spent time as a 7th and 8th grade History teacher and team lead in Wylie ISD. After time away, I am glad to be back in Garland ISD serving our wonderful students, families, and community! As an educator, I believe deeply that every student can succeed and that we are tasked with giving them the skills and experiences to allow them to do so. Along with my wife, I have two adorable daughters who are four and two who will be joining the Garland ISD family in the coming years.
Master’s of Education in Administration-Lamar University
Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology-Abilene Christian University
Social Studies 7-12
Core Subjects 4-8