Mary Margaret Hughes
Mary Margaret Hughes (she/her) is a proud member of the LGBTQIA community, a graduate of Charlottesville High School, and a doctoral candidate in special education with 14 years of teaching experience across all ages and disabilities. During her years as a special education teacher, Mary Margaret advocated for academically and socially rich, individualized curriculum for students with significant disabilities, mentored preservice teachers, and served in leadership roles. Mary Margaret’s current research focuses on culturally responsive intervention practices in special education research, culturally responsive and critical teacher preparation, decentering teachers’ cultures to create child-centered programming for students taking alternate assessments, addressing classroom barriers to meaningful inclusion of children with significant disabilities, and colonized special education teacher preparation in The Caribbean. Mary Margaret is currently co-PI on a Jefferson Trust funded project, “Knowing Better to do Better” Preparing and Sustaining Equitable and Anti-Racist Educators, and serving as graduate intern in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.