Tricia Hughes-Fitzgerald

Patricia Hughes-Fitzgerald, MEd

Patricia Hughes-Fitzgerald (MEd, University of Cincinnati) is a Program Specialist at the Center on Education and Training for Employment (CETE), where she supports multiple teams, including Advancing Ohio’s English Learners (AOEL), CETE Assessment Services, Curriculum and Training Solutions, DACUM, and Ohio’s Parent Mentor Project with her subject-matter, facilitation, and process expertise.

From designing, developing, and delivering professional development to facilitating Parent Mentor communities of practice to supporting instructional designers to crafting the perfect assessment item Tricia’s love of everything education has finally found a perfect fit within the CETE community. Additionally, Tricia’s passion for equity, diversity, and inclusion propelled her to volunteer to serve as a founding member of CETE’s Steering Team for the Racial Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (REDI) Movement.  REDI is designed to increase members of the CETE community’s knowledge and skills relevant to the posture and practice of cultural humility, identify and establish anti-racist norms, practices, and policies at CETE, and contribute to the dismantling of institutional racism within CETE’s spheres of influence.

Tricia brings over 20 years of experience in education to CETE. She spent 15 years as a high school social studies teacher before transitioning into the role of Curriculum and Instruction Specialist at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, OH. It was from there that she joined CETE. Tricia holds bachelor’s degrees in History and Secondary Education and a master’s degree in Secondary Education – Curriculum and Instruction all from the University of Cincinnati.

When not working, you can find Tricia entertaining friends and family with the comedic exploits of her tween sons, her dog Tater Tot, and their pandemic-era additions to the family, cats Chicken, Waffles, and Toast.