Alumni Profile: Nathaniel Hudson ’03

Alumni Profile: Nathaniel Hudson ’03

Below is one in a series of interviews that profiles our alumni experiences and successes in college and life. This article includes an interview with Nathaniel Hudson ‘03.

What college or university did you attend after SAAS (or what did you pursue instead?) What did you major in? Did you get other degrees?

After graduating from SAAS I felt the need to see what the world had to offer explore what the world had to offer. As such, I headed to far-off Tempe, Arizona and Arizona State University. I graduated with a degree in Secondary Education, with an emphasis in Social Studies. While taking classes ASU, I coached high school basketball at two of the state’s most prestigious basketball programs. I had the good fortune of coaching for the state championship and numerous future NBA and collegiate players.

What unique experiences have you had since leaving SAAS? Trips, internships, jobs, etc.

Keeping up with my passion for exploration, fellow SAAS alum, Jake Byrne ‘03, and I spent six months circumnavigating the globe after college. Once returning from our trip, I knew I wanted to live abroad, so in the Fall of 2009 I moved to Shanghai, China. I spent three years in China teaching AP Psychology, PE, and coaching at international schools before deciding it was time for my next adventure. Following China, I moved to Accra, Ghana where I taught middle school social studies and PE. My most recent stop abroad was in Cairo, Egypt where I was middle school athletic director at Cairo American College. Overall, since leaving SAAS I have burned through two passports and travelled to over 50 countries.

What are your favorite memories from SAAS? What programs, teams, extracurriculars were you involved in while at SAAS? Who were your most influential teachers at SAAS?

Given my globetrotting it may come as a surprise that my favorite memories from SAAS revolve around school trips to Alaska, Canyonlands, Baja, and Guatemala. I was also involved with YouthLeg with Steve and Jenny Zavatsky and our trips to Olympia. In addition to the school trips, playing sports at SAAS shaped a large part of my school experience. Academically, Dexter’s cultural anthropology course fed my intellectual curiosity on human beings and why we do what we do. Personally, his words, “the person who dies with the most stories wins” has been a guiding mantra for all my exploring. Connor’s class on discussing the social contract also gave me an academic setting to push boundaries and ask questions. I also spent a disproportionate amount of time in Fred Strong’s office admiring his globe collection.

Where are you now and what do you do? Where do you see yourself in 10 years? How did SAAS help prepare you for your job today?

I am currently living and teaching in Brooklyn, with my fiancé Liz. We are moving to Seattle this summer. Liz and I met abroad so travel is a big part of both of our lives. 10 years from now, with Seattle has a home base, we’ll still be travelling, making new friends, and enjoying life!

The teachers at Seattle Academy are examples of what I strive to provide my students. SAAS was a place I could take risks, learn about the world, and explore.