At Patton High School in Morganton, teacher Amy Vaughn uses a magnetic poetry wall, Internet-based research, and clothing drives to keep students interested in writing and reading literature. She has students create "visual essays," encouraging them to learn the organizational and support techniques of writing without putting pen to paper. In her "Museum Day" program, students research topics in American history, in order to create museum exhibits that are displayed at the local municipal auditorium. A National Board Certified teacher, Mrs. Vaughn continually expands her professional knowledge, attending summer workshops at the North Carolina Humanities Council. In addition to mentoring new teachers, she instructs the twelfth grade Teacher Cadet Class and sponsors the Future Teachers of America. She also sponsors Freedom High School's Spirit clubs and volunteers with the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.
1990 University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, B.A.
1998 MA Secondary English Education
2005 TEA- Award