Jim Hughes (left) loves making memories in the outdoors with his family.

Meet Mr. Hughes

Jim Hughes comes to PAA from Campion Academy in Colorado to be our full-time Art teacher. He holds a bachelor’s degree in art and a master’s degree in outdoor education. He’s been working with and for young people for 26 years and 18 of those have been in education.

Jim is a lover of nature, has a wide variety of hobbies, and adores his family. “I like mountain biking, camping, rafting, fly-fishing, off-roading, practicing primitive skills, making things, and doing all of this with family and friends. I have an amazing wife, Cheri and two daughters, Tylea and Mazi.”

“Jim has a tremendous breadth of art related skill sets as well as a love of the outdoors and outdoor activities,” says Principal Mechelle Peinado. “Mark Kooy [our retiring art teacher] was able to meet with Jim and spend time with him in some art classes when he visited recently. He was able to get a good understanding of our amazing art program.”

Mr. Hughes will bring a sense of wonder and awe for God to his classes. “I would like students to experience and understand that they are hand-crafted by a loving and actively involved Creator,” says Hughes. “Art, creativity, and the creative process are valuable platforms for developing the ‘mind, body, and spirit’ of balanced individuals and is a wonderful way to support a better understanding and application of that daily, practical, personal experience of Christ.”

Christ-centered and character-driven teaching means his ultimate goal is to see his students grow in their understanding of God. “I want our students to know that they are surrounded by a group of staff that wants to know them and support them through their high school journey and beyond.”