Assistant Professor of Education
Phone: (805) 565-6257
Office Location: Porter Center #2
Spring semester, I am out in the schools most days with student teachers, so please email me to make an appointment.
Professional Teaching Dispositions
Dr. Michelle Hughes 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 decided to “settle” in Santa Barbara after graduation where she taught junior high English 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. Michelle’s duties as an assistant principal over her thirteen-year tenure included student discipline, teacher observation and evaluation, campus safety, truancy, Associated Student Body budgets, graduation and prom planning, staff development, and athletic supervision. Michelle also 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 longterm 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.