Vanessa Hughes, M.A.T.
At its core, teaching is about a love of learning and the strong desire for our students to achieve their goals. It is a trite expression, but we plant seeds. The results of our work are rarely immediate, and we may never know if the lessons we provide hit home, but we trust that the curiosity and imagination sparked in the classroom catch fire. [with apologies to W.B.Yeats].
After ten years working in film and visual media production, I became an educator. The route to the classroom was circuitous with an almost embarrassingly clichéd goal: I want to help kids change the world. I have the fortune and privilege of spending my days with teenagers who – unlike a lot of grownups - are enthusiastic about the future and believe that most things are possible.
I am a passionate and dedicated teacher of language and literature, media production, media literacy, reading, and writing. I believe my professional obligation is to develop critical thinkers and global citizens who understand that their education comes with a responsibility to be a discerning, engaged, citizen of their community. Most of all, I hope my students have fun as we explore new ways of looking at the world.
Master of Arts in Teaching, Lewis and Clark Graduate School of Ed, 2005
Bachelor of Arts: Film and Communications, Columbia College Chicago, 1995
Highly Qualified Teacher: Oregon
Certified: International Baccalaureate Organization, English Literature; Language and Literature; Theory of Knowledge
Certified: Career and Technical Education State of Oregon: Media Arts
Certified: Professional Learning Communities