By: Jade Fulce, DoDEA Americas Public Affairs Officer
The Department of Defense Education Activity bids farewell to Glenn Hughes, the Chief of Staff for the Southeast District in the Americas, after three decades of service to military-connected children.
“It has been a wonderful 35 year career,” said Hughes. “I leave DoDEA proud. I helped move this organization forward. We had some bumps along the road but we are moving forward in the right direction.”
Hughes started his DoDEA teaching career in 1982 after his dad, a bus driver on Fort Benning, encouraged him to apply. Hughes worked at Wilson Elementary School as a fourth grade teacher. One of his favorite memories at Wilson was when his dad drove his students while on a field trip.
Hughes has worked in a variety of positions around the world for DoDEA. He was principal at E.A. White Elementary School and Freddie Stowers Elementary School at Fort Benning, Georgia. In 2000, he was named Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools Principal of the Year. Then he was Instructional Systems Specialist (ISS) for Instructional Technology for the Fort Benning Schools. In 2005, he joined the DoDEA Pacific school system as an Elementary Systems Specialist. When he returned to the States in 2006, Hughes came to the Area Service Center in Peachtree City, as a DDESS Area ISS for Educational Technology, Information Centers and Professional Technical Studies. Then he served as the Chief of Staff for the Southeast District for three years.
As he reflected on his career, Hughes was grateful he could support military-connected children whose parents were deployed during Desert Storm. The parents were deployed during the day and felt a sense of uncertainty for the children. Hughes credits his staff at Stowers for being compassionate and loving toward the children to help them get through that rough time.
A native of Columbus, Georgia, Hughes began his teaching career with the Muscogee County Schools. He earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Columbus (GA) State University and his education specialist’s degree from Troy State University, Troy, Alabama. He and his wife, Daphne, have one daughter, Claire, who is a music teacher in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
As he retires, Hughes looks forward to getting some rest, working on his home, and eagerly awaiting the arrival on his first grandchild.
“I am blessed and fortunate,” said Hughes. “Every day, I woke up wanting to work. DoDEA is a great organization.”