Phone: (559) 584-0112 Ext 2407
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I'm the one in the blue sweater...
Hey, I'm Mrs. Vaughn and I teach the 7th and 8th grade STEM elective courses, the Leadership class and oversee Associated Student Body (ASB) here at Pioneer Middle School. I have been teaching at Pioneer Middle school since 2006.
Before teaching....I earned B.S. degree in geology at Fresno State. While at Fresno State, I spent a semester abroad to study the ecology, geology, and art history of New Zealand, Australia, and Indonesia. While working towards both a master's degree in geology and earning my teaching credential at San Jose State University (SJSU), I worked for the U.S. Geological Survey for five years doing research on deep-sea mineral deposits of the Pacific Ocean. I have been published in numerous scientific journals, have worked on projects throughout California, Nevada, and Idaho, and have conducted research at sea.
While at SJSU, I became a teaching assistant and taught 3 semesters of an Earth science lab for non-majors. I recently graduated from Fresno Pacific University with a Master's degree in STEM education. My thesis' topic is the relationship between female's spatial skills and interest in science.
I have competitively synchronized skated in two national championships and raced BMX and cyclocross, but currently my only sport is watching my son tear it up on the soccer field. I enjoy reading, riding any kind of bike, and watching Netflix in my free time.
I look forward to getting to know and inspiring a love of STEM and Computer Science in my students this school year!