Welcome Ms. Vaughn

Ms. Vaughn yearbook photo

Ms. Ashlee Vaughn has been appointed the new principal at Fort Zumwalt East High School. Vaughn is only the third principal in the school’s history. Before joining the East High team as an assistant principal in 2016, Vaughn taught English Language Arts at North High School for seven years. The Board of Education approved the recommendation for Vaughn to become Principal at the regular April meeting. The change takes effect July 1.

“Working with and for the families and staff here at East High over the past few years has been the most rewarding time in my career,” Vaughn says. “I am looking forward to this opportunity to serve the East High community in such a big way.” Vaughn says she especially looks forward to next school year’s activities, when she will be able to connect with so many families. Her primary focus is continuing to build strong, positive relationships with the East High students, parents, staff, and community. 

“We will continue the work we've been doing to foster a climate that is inclusive and equitable, and that helps all students reach their full potential,” she says. In her assistant principal role she has worked with students at-risk of not graduating. “We are always working to increase student achievement and maximize academic potential,” she says. “We will continue to support teachers in enhancing their instructional skills; identifying at-risk students and providing tools to help those students meet their potential.”

When she’s away from school, Vaughn enjoys time outdoors, hiking, camping, playing tennis, and running. “I love to travel and cook good meals for my family and friends,” she says. “I've blended two of my passions--running and traveling--and set the goal to run a half marathon in every state.” 

Vaughn will lead an administrative team with several new members. Seth Wilber has been named Activities Coordinator, replacing Tim Grimes, who had held the position since the school opened in 2007. Two new assistant principals will also join the staff. West Middle science teacher Ken Higgins and North High English Language Arts teacher Faith Hullinger will join the team effective July 1.