Eileen Hughes is a native of the DC area and a graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park. She holds a degree in Secondary Education and Spanish. As an undergraduate student Eileen studied in Madrid, Spain and served as a volunteer English teacher for university teaching assistants. Post-graduation, Eileen began her teaching career in the Maryland Public Schools. During that time, she participated in a teacher exchange program with a school in Toluca, Mexico and served on panel of educators writing new curriculum and assessment materials at the secondary level. As her family grew, Eileen worked from home tutoring and teaching small group classes for students of all ages. She is thrilled to be joining the Fusion Academy community. Outside of the classroom her favorite activities include running, hiking and exploring beautiful Loudoun County with her husband, kids and Bernese Mountain Dog, California.