Vanjiia J. Hughes Bio

Vanjiia J. Hughes, Ed. D

Vanjiia has nineteen years of experience in the education field and ten years in the corporate world.  She received her B.S. in Business with an emphasis in marketing from Northern Illinois University.

As a Manager of Transportation and a Planner for General Mills, she gained much global experience  Her career in education began with a M.A in Teaching from Aurora University while working in East Aurora School District 131, a very diverse community forty five miles west of Chicago.

After four years of teaching elementary, she received her Illinois Administrative Type 75 certification and served as Coordinator of TIE 2000.  In this position she was responsible for curriculum mapping, data analysis, and the development of district assessments.  Shortly thereafter, she served as Director of Supplemental Programs and Title I.

Her administrative responsibilities included the supervision, implementation, and evaluation of all aspects of the district’s supplementary programs.  This included programs such as Supplemental Education Services, Reading First, and Balanced Literacy, to name a few.

She managed all aspects of Federal Title I, II, IV, and V, as well as Illinois Reading Improvement, Early Childhood, and Gifted programming.  She was responsible for Federal and State reports such as, Fall Housing, End of Year, Average Daily Attendance, Office of Civil Rights Commission, and General State Aid.

In order to complete her doctorate she returned to the classroom and served as a team leader, Summer School Principal, School Improvement and Curriculum Committee member.  She was awarded the Officemax Teacher Appreciation Award for her efforts in working with children.

She received her Ed.D. and Superintendent endorsement from Aurora University in 2011 in the area of educational leadership.   Her dissertation research focused on the influential and motivating factors impacting academically challenged senior African American students.