Counselor's Corner

Phone: 903-963-8386


Degrees and Certifications:


Mrs. Jeanette Hughes

My name is Jeanette Hughes. I’m a native Vandal and went to school all 13 years here. This is my first year as a school counselor and I am so excited to have this job. I taught 1st grade for 14 years here at J.E. Rhodes Elementary. My husband and I celebrated our 24th anniversary this year and we have 3 kids who all graduated from Van. We also have 2 dogs and 2 cats.

I earned my bachelor’s degree in teaching through UT Tyler and my master’s degree in school counseling through Lamar University. I love to read and enjoy my back porch rocker very much. I’m a Harry Potter fanatic, love learning random facts, and enjoy watching movies. I also collect flamingos.   

My philosophy of school counseling is this: I am an advocate for both students and families. I will assist all students in achieving their highest abilities. I will provide opportunities for students to acquire academic, career, social, and emotional competencies necessary for life-long success.

I am looking forward to a great year! I will update my virtual room monthly so be sure to check back in to see what we are working on in the counseling department. Also, make sure you have liked our campus Facebook page. There are always pictures, posts, and news that you won't want to miss!


  • Community Services:

    Andrew Center- Andrews Center was established to offer help and hope to those living with mental health and intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDD) and challenges. They help patients determine and understand what their unique challenges are and then assist them in finding care. They provide these services to residents of Smith, Wood, Rains, Van Zandt and Henderson counties.

    Child Advocacy Center (CAC)- A children’s advocacy center is the ONE non-profit to serve as the first stop for children entering the justice system because of suspected sexual abuse, severe physical abuse, and those who have witnessed a violent crime.

    Loaves and Fishes- Van Community Ministries is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation providing assistance to low-income residents. Our services are available to families in need residing in Van Independent School District. We currently distribute supplemental food, twice monthly, to approximately 400 households.  These services are made possible through grants, fundraisers, and donations of money, food, and volunteer hours from the greater Van community. In hard times, everyone can use a hand, and we want to be that open hand for our community.