Melissa Hughes is a Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Council for Educational Research. She is currently working on the development of assessments of critical and creative thinking. Melissa has taught in the Government, non-Government and Catholic school systems as a Japanese, French, English and Integrated Studies teacher. Before coming to ACER, she was the Head of Whole School Professional Growth at Eltham High School, where she was responsible for supporting teachers with their professional development. She worked as a coach supporting teacher practice and curriculum design.