Hughes tapped for partnership position

Milissa Miles
Staff Writer
Photo by Milissa Miles

Jay Hughes

   The Education Department at the University of Arkansas – Monticello received a new partnership coordinator Jan. 3 with the hiring of Jay Hughes. He has not been assigned a class load this semester, but has other duties. He works with all phases of internship: organizes field experiences, placement for internships, field experiences and teacher licensure.

   “It’s a liaison position between the School of Education and the public schools,” Hughes said.

   Hughes graduated from Clovis High School in 1978 from Clovis, N.M. He received his Bachelor of Arts in History and Social Studies at UAM in 1983. Hughes got his first teaching job in 1983 at Norman Junior High School in Crossett. In 1984, he taught at Monticello Junior High School before teaching at Crossett High School from 1985-90. Hughes graduated from Louisiana Tech University in 1991 with his Master’s of Arts in General Counseling. From 1992 to 1994, he taught at Blytheville High School in Blytheville, Ark. After teaching at BHS, Hughes got started in the school of administration business from 1994-2004. For six years, he served as an assistant principal for Monticello Junior High School in Monticello. He also served as a principal at Monticello Middle School from 2000-2004. Some of the courses Hughes taught in public schools include: Arkansas History, American History and World History, and Civics. He was also an assistant football coach. 

   Hughes was born in Clovis, N.M., to Dale and Betty Hughes. Dale is a native of Monticello and Betty is from a small community in Florence, Ark. For 22 years, Dale Hughes served an officer in the U.S. Air Force, and  he served in the Vietnam War. Hughes grew up as a “military brat.” Hughes and wife Laura, who is the director of Counseling and Testing for UAM, boast of two
children, Ashley and Jacob. Ashley attends the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope, and Jacob is a senior at Monticello High School.

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