Judy Cook of Vineyard, Utah was named the 2013 National Mother of the Year by American Mothers during the National Convention at the Waldorf=Astoria Hotel in New York City on April 27th.
One of the parenting philosophies that Judy believes is, “Rules and guidelines are necessary in order to raise responsible, self-governing children who will be contributing members of society.”
Growing up, Judy learned the importance of family, church, and education. She graduated with a B.A. and later earned a Master’s Degree in Child Development from San Diego State University.
Judy has been married to her husband Fred for fifty-one years. They have four children and twelve grandchildren. She has been involved in her community and supported activities that supported families. One activity the family enjoyed was performing annually at a local nursing home. Judy is a member of Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority and the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Judy taught kindergarten and was a Demonstration and Master Teacher and a Kindergarten Consultant. She retired from teaching to raise a family, but she continued to perform with a community theatre and became an award winning Classical Japanese artist. After raising her family, Judy returned to teaching and is currently working in a Special Education kindergarten.
Judy has learned a lot as a mother. “I have learned never to take anything, anyone, or any situation for granted, to take advantage of any moment to enjoy a loved one or to teach a concept.”