Fulece Hughes

Bio: Fulece teaches science at Northwest Middle School in Kansas City, KS. A proponent of whole community involvement, she works hard to engage students, parents, and the community in her efforts. Fulece has taken the lead in developing STEM projects with the University of Kansas and supported her students' efforts for Battle of the Brains, a local contest to compete for support for displaying a STEM project at Science City in 2012. Her students, with the support of Kansas City Public Television and Black and Veatch (an engineering and construction firm), are currently hard at work on an energy consumption project that will save energy, and money, in their school, homes, and teachers' homes. Fulece has also guided her students in creating a Community Organic Garden that serves as an outdoor classroom and provides food for the community.

Fulece holds four degrees including: a B.S. in Admin/Finance from the University of Saint Mary; a MBA from St. Louis University; an M.S. in Education from Pittsburgh State University; and a Bachelor Degree in Pastoral Theology from Heart of American Christian College and Theological Seminary. Before pursuing a career in education, Fulece gained experience in the fields of aerospace technology, military sales, statistics, and management. She is a recipient of the Greater Kansas City Environmental Excellence Award for Middle Schools.

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Fulece Speaks:
Hear Fulece in her own words!

Fulece describes "backwards design" - one of the processes she uses in the classroom. - The backwards design model centers on the idea that the design process should begin with identifying the desired results and then "work backwards" to develop instruction.

Fulece's Recommended Resources:
Book: Understanding By Design - Includes instruction on the concept of "backwards design."
Make and sustain relationships with community partners.
Participation in city or state-wide competitions helps expose students to the broader community and introduces teachers to new community partners who can assist with resources and opportunities.
Visit the Earth Force resource library to find even more environmental learning resources.