Kristin Hughes, a Port St. Lucie resident is now preparing to apply her skills gained as a Keiser University Master of Science degree in Education, Teaching and Learning program graduate toward leading middle school students on their educational journey throughout the uncertain season of COVID-19. 

 

Hughes shared that she has always felt that it was her calling to help children and young adults transform into the best version of themselves, so the Saint Lucie West Centennial High School graduate enrolled in the Elementary Education program at the University of Central Florida, earning her undergraduate degree in 2014. After returning home to Port St. Lucie following graduation and landing a job teaching at Northpoint K-8, she decided to enroll in Keiser University’s Port St. Lucie campus Master of Education program. 

 

With the goal of becoming an instructional coach and to later serve at a school district to support and assist fellow educators, Hughes found a supportive environment juggling her academic and professional responsibilities thanks to instructors and staff members. 

 

“My admissions counselor helped me to enroll in the program and made the transition so easy, and Professor Diana Martin was incredible and always there for me,” said Hughes who shared that earning her higher education degree from Keiser University in 2016 was one of the best choices she’s made. “During this challenging season of COVID-19, my Keiser experience has helped me to be flexible and be able to help my fellow teachers with any technology difficulties they may be experiencing. I earned my master’s degree while working full time as a teacher, so I had to learn to go with the flow and get things done at the appropriate time. Slacking off was never an option. I am a more well-rounded teacher and person because of Keiser University. I loved teaching second and third grade elementary school learners and now look forward to assisting middle school students at Northport K-8 with fun and challenging projects through a variety of delivery methods.” 

 

Keiser University leaders love watching graduates flourish as they embrace their professions. “it’s so rewarding to see how Kristin’s journey has gone full-circle,” said Keiser University Port St. Lucie campus president Leslie Kristof. “As a student who has realized her goals thanks to perseverance and hard work, she serves as an outstanding example to her class members and is now able to motivate and inspire the next generation by example.”