State of Our Schools – Mom had the right idea

By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal

Sometimes, mother really knows best, even if it takes a while to figure that out.
As a child in Greenville, Renada Hughes watched her mother handle a classroom filled with kids.
“Mom always told me, ‘You should be a teacher,’” Hughes, 45, said, “but I wasn’t interested.”
Hughes studied management and general business at Delta State, and got a job with Pepsi that brought her to Tupelo.
“I started as a data entry clerk,” she said. “After 11 years, I ended up in the management program.”
The job required 10 to 12 hours a day, and Hughes had two kids to raise. She needed a change.
“I got a job as a secretary at Tupelo Middle School,” she said. “I knew if I could get my foot in the door, I could work my way up. That’s what I did.”
She took the alternate path to education by taking nine hours of night classes about classroom management at the University of Mississippi’s Tupelo campus.
Hughes picked business as her specialty and studied old text books and took practice tests online. Twelve years ago, she was hired at TMS, where she teaches Information and Communication Technology I.
She draws on work experience to teach about Microsoft Word and PowerPoint. She also draws from her mother’s experience.
“Some days were challenging in the beginning,” she said. “I’d go home and say, ‘What do I do to handle this?’ Most of the time, I talked to my mom.”
She’s learned to trust Mom’s advice.
“I love teaching,” Hughes said. “I absolutely do.”