Newly appointed principal Laura Hughes is looking forward to sharing some of her own dreams with the staff and students at Dearing Elementary School.
Mrs. Hughes, whose appointment was included in the school board agenda at last week's meeting, replaces Linda Grisham who announced her retirement in March.
Laura Hughes poses in her office in Augusta.
Photo by Chris Thelen/Morris News Service
"For so long I've had all these ideas, and I'm happy to have this opportunity in such a great school with such great teachers," Mrs. Hughes said.
"I can't tell you how excited I am. This is a life goal of mine to be a principal."
Mrs. Hughes was the unanimous selection of a committee comprised of teachers, a parent and long time community member, said Mark Petersen, superintendent.
"We're real excited. She's got the passion for boys and girls," Dr. Petersen said.
"I think Dearing (school) can look for a collaborative leader who is able to work on the strengths of the faculty there."
Currently serving as assistant principal at Jamestown Elementary School in Richmond County, Mrs. Hughes has been in the field of education for 22 years.
She has served as an elementary teacher in several different grades, she was a gifted education teacher at the middle school level, and she has also taught gifted education at the high school level.
Mrs. Hughes is also experienced in presenting to other teachers.
She has given instructional strategies for models of teaching in Alabama, Texas and Georgia.
Helping teachers develop methods of getting students excited about learning "is my love," said Mrs. Hughes, who is currently working on her doctorate through Georgia Southern University.
She lives in Evans and has three children ages 18, eight and five.