George Fox doctoral student named top teacher at Westmont

Michelle Hughes

Michelle Hughes, a former George Fox University doctor of education program, was Westmont College's Bruce and Adaline Bare Outstanding Teacher Award for the social sciences in 2012-13.

Hughes, an associate professor of education at the Santa Barbara, California, school, specializes in teaching courses on educational leadership and secondary education. Faculty and seniors at Westmont chose her as one of three winners of the annual teaching award, which recognizes one outstanding professor each from the humanities, the natural and behavioral sciences, and the social sciences.

Hughes attended Westmont College and earned a bachelor's degree in English as well as a secondary teaching credential from Westmont’s education department. After graduation she taught junior high English in Santa Barbara for seven years. While working on her Master’s in Educational Leadership at California State Northridge, she transitioned to a local high school, where she took on the position as an assistant principal.

Her duties as an assistant principal over her tenure included student discipline, teacher observation and evaluation, campus safety, truancy, Associated Student Body budgets, graduation and prom planning, staff development, and athletic supervision.