Michael Hughes

TEACHER
OF THE YEAR

Michael Hughes

Parkridge Elementary School
Corona-Norco USD
 

MESSAGE

“I will be forever grateful to RCOE for being named a 2019 Riverside County Teacher of the Year. I would like to thank God for blessing my journey into education. With Him, all things are possible. I also would like to thank my wife Christine for her years of support and for being my center. To my parents, you both raised me in faith and so this award is a reflection on you. To my kids, your love sustains me each day in my classroom. To my colleagues at Parkridge Elementary School and in CNUSD, thank you for loving kids first, and for pushing me to teach beyond my four walls. To the best teacher I ever knew (Juan Nell Evans), even though you are gone, the young boy you took under your wing is fulfilling your legacy because you first invested in him. Teaching is an investment in others.”

TEACHER OF THE YEAR

Michael Hughes
Parkridge Elementary School
Corona-Norco USD

MESSAGE: “I will be forever grateful to RCOE for being named a 2019 Riverside County Teacher of the Year. I would like to thank God for blessing my journey into education. With Him, all things are possible. I also would like to thank my wife Christine for her years of support and for being my center. To my parents, you both raised me in faith and so this award is a reflection on you. To my kids, your love sustains me each day in my classroom. To my colleagues at Parkridge Elementary School and in CNUSD, thank you for loving kids first, and for pushing me to teach beyond my four walls. To the best teacher I ever knew (Juan Nell Evans), even though you are gone, the young boy you took under your wing is fulfilling your legacy because you first invested in him. Teaching is an investment in others.”


Biography

Students at Parkridge Elementary know Pre-K and Kindergarten teacher Mr. Michael Hughes as the teacher who walks around in superhero costumes. A champion of creativity, Mr. Hughes advocates learning through purposeful self-expression with the belief that lessons should be immersive during such an impressionable stage of development as early childhood. Young students should not just read, but should “become” the story by acting it out. Mr. Hughes’ students learn to read by acting out books in front of a green screen and are taught to find creative solutions to problems. In Mr. Hughes’ opinion, “lessons may be forgotten, but experiences are remembered.” School pride is also important to Mr. Hughes and he works hard to build a school environment where students can thrive. He builds community support by bringing fun programs for students, such as the Parkridge Pumpkin Patch and the Taco Shop Day. Colleagues describe Mr. Hughes as a “teacher of teachers who is exceptionally knowledgeable in all subject areas.”