Kelly Vaughn

Currently work as a Professor of Teacher Education. But the core of my profession is that I love working with k-12 educators and students. I was inspired by my middle school principal, who advocated for me and my family when I was bullied. What I didn't realize then was he planted the seed of my vocation calling--to empower young people to be the best they can be and to live with dignity.

My Life

Favorite Quote

"Speak less, smile more" --Hamilton (broadway play)

Friends describe me

Creative, compassionate, organized

My hobbies

traveling, watching documentaries, learning other societies, food

Fantasy dinner guests

Condoleezza Rice, followed by Barack & Michelle Obama

Best advice I ever received

Trust yourself.

My undergrad alma mater


My worst subject in school

Driver's Ed

In college I drove

my friends nuts

If I weren't a professor, I would

be a k-12 teacher and/or travel

Favorite books

Bible, Quiet by Susan Cain

Favorite movies


Favorite city


Favorite coffee


Nobody knows I

accomplished a 5k walk/run

My latest accomplishment

I individualized and helped each teacher candidate during COVID-19 in Spring 2020

Current Research

sustainable practices of CalTPA teaching performance assessment, effective teaching practices in math in online format, ethnography of teachers and/or immigrant youth in K-12 U.S. schools.