My name is Dr. Ann Marie Vaughn and I am excited to be serving as Principal of Pocono Mountain West Junior High School. Prior to coming to WJHS I served as Principal at Clear Run Intermediate School for three years, as well as Assistant principal of Pocono Mountain West Junior High for one year when coming to Pocono Mountain in 2018. Prior to jumping into my administrative career, I served as a teacher in the Nazareth Area School District for 10 years, teaching Math, ELA, and Science. I am a graduate of Penn State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, and hold instructional certificates in English as a Second Language (ESL), Middle Level Math and Middle Level Science. I also have two Master’s Degrees in Classroom Technology and Educational Development and Strategies through Wilkes University. Finally, I completed my Doctorate in Educational Leadership at Delaware Valley University, where my research has led to changes and initiatives at the state level for teachers and administrators.
Personally, I live with my husband and three children in Easton, PA, where I grew up as well. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, our dogs, taking hikes, going on bike rides and staying active.
I am incredibly humbled and excited to be working with Pocono Mountain West Junior High School students, families and the community. I look forward to working together to overcome a number of challenges which are presented to us throughout the school year. Here at WJHS it is incredibly important that we foster a strong school community and we involve students, parents and community stakeholders in a number of school events. I strongly believe that a solid relationship between school and home fosters a firm educational foundation and reinforces the importance of education both at home and in school. I am here to help students, their families and the community navigate through that journey to achieve positive outcomes, and I am grateful for that opportunity.
I am honored and excited to be a part of the Pocono Mountain West Junior High School serving as the Assistant Principal. I am dedicated to fostering a learning environment that encourages strong academics and meaningful student engagement.
Throughout my career in education I have had the privilege of working with students of all ages as a teacher, coach, dean of students and principal. I am committed to working closely with our talented faculty to create an inclusive and supportive school that embodies Panther PRIDE.
Together we will build a school community that embraces excellence in academics and celebrates that diverse talents of each individual. I look forward to working with you as we cultivate an environment that inspires and prepares our students for a bright and successful future. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns.