Marla Vaughn

Meet Miss Vaughn

Miss Vaughn

 

Hey!  My name is Marla Vaughn and I am blessed to have the privilege of teaching third grade at Pelham Oaks!  I 'd like to tell you a little bit about myself.  I was born and grew up in Geneva, AL.  After graduating from Geneva High School, I went to Samford University and then graduated from University of Montevallo.  After college I moved out west.  I lived in Fort Worth, Texas for a little more than two years to attend graduate school.  I have to admit I became very fond of the "cowboy" way of life!  I learned a lot while living in Texas and enjoy the lifestyle that exists there.  However I was more than happy to move back east of the Mississippi after I graduated!

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I decided in kindergarten that I wanted to be a teacher.  Although I thought otherwise a few times in my life, I always came back around to being a teacher.  I remember setting up my baby dolls and stuffed animals in my playroom and playing school.  My kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Patti Phipps was the first of many teachers who influenced my decision to follow in their footsteps.  She made a great impact on my life and is still impacting young lives today! "Thanks Mrs. Phipps!"

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Here are a few of my favorite things.  My favorite colors are orange and blue and pretty much any bright color.  My favorite animal is a pig!  I do however, have special place in my heart for Texas Longhorns.  My favorite thing about teaching is kids!  My favorite foods are Mexican, pizza, broccoli, pineapple and good 'ole grilled hamburgers!  My favorite authors are Nicholas Sparks and Sharon Gillenwater.  My favorite book is Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan.  My favorite artist is Mary Engelbreit.  My favorite sport is football--high school and college.  My favorite team is AUBURN!

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I have a rather large family.  There are six (Dad, Mom, one brother, two sisters and me) of us in my immediate family.  My Mom and Dad still live in Geneva and really enjoy it when we all get together.  I have one sister-in-law and one brother-in-law.  I also have the four greatest nephews and one amazing  niece who all agree I am the coolest aunt ever--or at least that’s what they tell me when I ask!  I now have the coolest nephew-in-law and the best niece-in-law! I think I have the greatest family in the whole world!

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I have a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood/Elementary Education from the University of Montevallo, a Master of Arts in Christian Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, a Master of Science and Education Specialist Degree in Elementary Education, and a certificate in Instructional Leadership from Samford University.  I am currently working on my PhD in Instructional Leadership at Auburn University.

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I am very involved in education outside of the school walls.  I am currently President of the Board of Directors for Alabama Conference of Educators (ACoE) which is Alabama's independent professional teacher organization.  I am honored to have sat on Congressman Spencer Bachus' Education Committee as well as Governor Bentley's Teacher Cabinet.  I truly believe I have been called to teach and I take my calling to heart daily.  I know parents have numerous options of how and where to educate their children.  I sincerely appreciate that they choose public education and entrust their precious little ones to me every day!  I strive to make every decision based on the best interest of not only my students but all students.  My heart's desire is to be a positive leader in education.  To accomplish that I will continue to pursue opportunities that impact public education and students.

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Fun Facts: I am fluent in sign language and love to teach it to anyone willing to learn!   I like to travel, read and spend time with my family and friends. Music is a big part of my life.  I love musicals!  If there is no music playing, I often entertain myself (and sometimes others passing by) with a little blurb of the latest cd I've heard.