Vanessa Hughes, M.A.T.
Empowering people through learning.
On Being an Educator
At its core, teaching is about the love of learning and the strong desire for our students to achieve their goals. The results of our work are rarely immediate, and we trust that the curiosity fostered today is embedded in the dreams realized tomorrow. The goal, after all, is not to fill a pail, but to light a fire [with apologies to W.B.Yeats].
I am a passionate and dedicated teacher of critical thinking with a focus on social justice. My student-centered philosophy develops analytical thinkers, adroit speakers, and accomplished producers of many mediums. As a teacher-researcher, I am continuously assessing my practice and instruction through data collection, evaluation, and collaboration with other educators. At the heart of my teaching is giving voice to the student perspective. A productive classroom is a haven for innovation, and I begin with these essential questions: where is the students’ truth; what motivates them to learn; and how will I embed my instruction with the students’ personal and cultural experience at its core.
My primary goal is to teach individuals not what to think but how to think critically, how to evaluate their world, and how to empower their own ideas with a strong, compassionate voice. Students can expect me to provide a safe, respectful and authentic learning environment free from prejudice of any kind. In return, I expect my students to take risks, work hard, have fun, and understand that education comes with a responsibility – a responsibility to their local and global communities.
After ten years in film/advertising and seventeen years in the classroom, there is a new chapter to my career as an educator.
Supplemental Learning was launched in 2020 to support students and families with school. Specifically, we provide private and small group instruction and coaching/preparation for your transition to college.
Train the trainers gives anyone engaged in instruction the confidence to deliver effective and engaging trainings, workshops, and presentations.
I am also coaching new/emerging teachers with their practice focusing on social justice and the crucial work of media and digital literacy.
Qualifications and Certifications
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 Org.
Certified: Professional Learning Communities
Certified: Career and Technical Education state of Oregon: Media Arts