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Tracey Vaughan of Southern Middle School named 2021-2022 Person County Schools Teacher of the Year

Tracy Vaughn TOY Celebration


Tracey Vaughan, a math teacher at Southern Middle School, was named Person County Schools’ Teacher of the Year on Friday, September 3, 2021.

Vaughan follows Brittany Booth, former choral and vocal music teacher at Person High School, in receiving this prestigious honor.  Tracey Vaughan has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  In addition to teaching, Ms. Vaughan coaches volleyball and softball at Southern Middle School.  Tracey has 6 years of teaching experience; starting at South Elementary School as a fourth-grade teacher, then Person High School as an Exceptional Children’s Teacher, and has been in her current position at SMS since January of 2019.

Tracey shared, “I feel so honored to have been chosen as the PCS Teacher of the Year.  It was definitely surprising to see all of those important people come into MY classroom.  I cannot wait to spend the next year representing our school system and doing everything I can to move the education of our students forward.  I welcome the opportunity for anyone to offer advice and/or ask questions.  The line of communication is always open!”

Dr. Melody Wilson, Principal of Southern Middle School, stated, “We are SO excited that Person County School has recognized our amazing teacher, Ms. Vaughan, as the district Teacher of the Year. She gives 100% every single day. Whether it is in the classroom, working with her colleagues, tutoring students, or coaching volleyball and softball, Ms. Vaughan gives us her all!  PCS is blessed to have a teacher like Ms. Tracey Vaughan as our Teacher of the Year!” 

Eugenia Floyd, the 2021 Burroughs Wellcome Fund NC Teacher of the Year and Kisha Clemons, 2020 NC Principal of the Year visited Person County to help us celebrate Ms. Vaughan.  In addition, PCS Board of Education Members, Mrs. Freda Tillman, Mrs. Margaret Bradsher, and Mr. Phillip Gillis also participated in the recognition.  Ms. Vaughan will go on to compete with the other Teachers of the Year at the regional level.

School-level winners were nominated by their peers and had to meet the criteria set forth according to state guidelines.  Also nominated were:  Dawn Coleman at Helena Elementary School, Brannsyn Whitfield at Oak Lane Elementary School, Jodi Henry-Panther at South Elementary School, Chelsea Powell at North Elementary School, Monica Long at North End Elementary School, Caitlin Clark at Stories Creek Elementary School, Mayely Cardona at Woodland Elementary School, Kelly Richards at Northern Middle School, Morgan Meyer at Person High School, and Steve Dunevant at Person Early College for Innovation and Leadership.