A true believer that he has the best job in the entire world, Dr. Gary D. Hughes is excited about the 23-24 school year, his 13th at JT Moore Middle School! Dr. Hughes graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin with a B.S. in psychology in 1988, a M.S. in clinical psychology in 1991 from Murray State University, a M.Ed. in special education (behavioral disorders) from Vanderbilt University in 2000, and an Ed. D. from Vanderbilt University in educational leadership and policy in 2009. He is a licensed Senior Psychological Examiner and therapist in clinical psychology, a licensed K-12 special education teacher, and a licensed school administrator in the state of Tennessee.
Dr. Hughes grew up on a rural farm near Bumpus Mills, Tennessee, a rural town located 90 miles from Nashville. His family instilled in him a commitment to hard work and excellence in any task undertaken. He has always loved and cared about others very deeply, and as the executive principal of JT Moore Middle School, he works tirelessly for the betterment and well-being of every child and family who comes through the doors of the school each day. It is from his daily work that he derives meaning for his life. As principal of this great neighborhood school, Dr. Hughes strives to ensure that each student has the opportunity to develop into a more well-rounded human being socially, academically, physically, and emotionally as he and the faculty and staff work towards providing a safe, stimulating, and loving environment for all of the children who call themselves Matadors.