Michelle Hughes

Michelle Hughes

Associate Professor of Education
Phone: (805) 565-6257
Email: mhughes@westmont.edu
Office Location: Porter Center #2

Office Hours
Tuesdays 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m . & always by appointment

Educational Leadership
Secondary Education
Professional Teaching Dispositions

Dr. Michelle Hughes, Associate Professor of Education, was inspired to go into education by several people. Her mom who taught preschool, kindergarten and first grade gave Michelle her first interest in education. Michelle was also inspired by her dynamic high school English teacher, Mrs. Zastrow, who enthusiastically tape recorded lectures for her senior English classes while battling cancer.

Michelle attended Westmont College and earned a B.A. in English in 1989, as well as a secondary teaching credential from Westmont’s Education Department. Michelle taught junior high English for seven years in Santa Barbara. 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 of assistant principal. Michelle served as head editor of her school’s National Blue Ribbon grant which the school was awarded in Washington D.C. in the fall of 2000. She earned a doctorate in education at George Fox University.

Michelle embraces the opportunity to work at Westmont College. She enjoys sharing her love for teaching passing on numerous realistic experiences to Westmont students from her years in public education. Michelle is passionate about making connections with Westmont students, promoting the teaching profession, and developing competent and compassionate professionals for long term service in both public and private schools. She also embraces the challenge of demonstrating how students can put their faith into action in the classroom. Michelle hopes to inspire and equip Westmont students to serve and develop life-long learners in and out of the classroom. "Teaching is an ideal profession that personifies loving others. I feel privileged and honored to teach Westmont students how to teach their own students and prepare the future." Dr. Hughes was honored with Westmont's Bruce and Adaline Bare Teacher of the Year Award in the Social Sciences in May 2013.

Michelle enjoys spending time with her husband Chris, a ’88 Westmont alum, and local teacher/coach, and their two children. They are actively involved in their local church and children's schools. Additionally, Michelle and family enjoy spending summer vacations in Mammoth Lakes, CA, biking, hiking, and reading.

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