2020 Teacher of the Year:
Kimberly Dickstein Hughes
Kimberly Dickstein Hughes exemplifies the belief that anything is possible and serves as a tireless advocate for equity in education. Dickstein Hughes has taught English Language Arts for 11 years at Haddonfield Memorial High School, Haddonfield, New Jersey and earned her bachelor of arts at Rutgers College and a master of education at Rutgers Graduate School of Education. She currently teaches Greek drama, Shakespeare, public speaking, world literature, and advises extracurricular activities such as Model United Nations, Shakespeare Troupe, Stand With Camden, which all encourage scholarship and service. During her tenure, Dickstein Hughes has continued her professional development in Shakespeare studies at Folger Shakespeare Library, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Utah Shakespeare Festival and Oxford University. Dickstein Hughes takes great pride in her students and communities embracing the spirit of volunteerism. Through the Alicia Rose Victorious Foundation, she has committed herself to creating awareness and improving the quality of life for hospitalized teens after the passing of her best friend in 2002. Dickstein Hughes’s advocacy campaign with her students in 2018 received local and national attention after they raised $50,000 to help a former child soldier from South Sudan attend Emory University. In January 2019, Camden County awarded her the Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Medal for selflessly contributing her time and efforts to better her community. She was recognized in June 2019 as a Princeton University Distinguished Secondary School Teacher. Dickstein Hughes shows others how to activate their own ideas and believes that compassion and spirited inquiry can make a difference.