Hughes

Walter M. Kennedy Elementary first grade teacher Leslie Hughes receives the Pell City Kiwanis Teacher of the Month award for March. Pictured (l-r) Joey Stevens, Leslie Hughes, WMK counselor Jennifer Bryant, and Jonathan Brogdon, Kiwanis President. Photo by U. Glidewell

Kiwanis Club of Pell City named Leslie Hughes as the March Teacher of the Month at their meeting last week.  She received a certificate and a check to use in her classroom. 

Hughes is a first grade teacher at Walter M. Kennedy Elementary in Pell City, where she has been selected as 2018-19 Teacher of the Year.  This is her ninth year teaching.

“She is absolutely outstanding,” said Joey Stevens with Pell City Kiwanis. “She goes above and beyond.”

Hughes is committed to ensuring a world-class education for all learners with an emphasis on developing problem solving, critical thinking, emotional and social skills, and social justice.  She has a passion for promoting student agency and developing students’ identity as learners. 

“I look at how can I work toward inclusion of all kids,” Hughes said. “I work hard to make sure kids get all they need to be successful.”

She founded the WMK Robotics Club, Writing Club and tutors after school to provide students with access to additional learning opportunities.  In addition, Hughes supports colleagues who seek to pursue National Board Certification (NBC) in her work as a Candidate Support Provider with four mentoring groups across the state.  Hughes is a Nationally Board Certified teacher and currently there are eight NBC teachers in the Pell City School System and 15 candidates.

“The program is based on classroom experience,” Hughes said. “It’s very specific to what you do.” 

She is an AMSTI trainer and enjoys partnering with her Regional Inservice Center as a leader and a learner. Hughes has taught first and third grade and enjoys collaborating with her grade level colleagues and the Exceptional Education team to help every young mind reach their full potential. 

“She takes children where they are,” said Walter M. Kennedy counselor Jennifer Bryant. “She meets the needs of the whole child.”

Hughes is President of the Delta Omicron chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, an international society of key women educators.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her two pups, Roseanna and Ally, and playing in the woods whenever she can.

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