Welcome to Art @ BES

Mrs. Kathryn Vaughn, Art Educator 
Brighton Elementary School, Old Highway 51 South, Brighton, TN 38011
Phone (901) 837-5860 Fax (901) 837-5879
email: kvaughn@tipton-county.com
Twitter: @MissKatieDi
Donors Choose: https://www.donorschoose.org/KathrynVaughn

    My goals for the Art Program at BES include creating connections between Art and the students other course work. I want them to be able to explore their own creativity in a safe and positive learning environment.

     In addition to teaching Art, I also work for Project Succeed, a Federally Funded After School Program at BES. I teacher STEAM based lessons to 3rd-5th graders Tuesday- Thursday. Last year, I started working with Project Wet, a water conservation group, to teacher the importance of protecting America's wetlands.

   I am also a certified Lego Robotics instructor and work during the summers at Dyersburg State Community College teaching Engineer and Design courses for their College for Kids Program.College For Kids

Proud to be Brighton Cardinals

  TEA Leadership

    I am excited to be included in the Tennessee Education Association and The National Education Association's Leadership Institute (TLI) class of 2018-2019 cohort!

Welcome to Art @ BES!
    I'm Katie Vaughn the Art Educator at Brighton Elementary School and I love teaching Art! I teach all of the students at BES ranging from Pre-K to 5th grade on a six day rotating schedule.
   The Art program runs on donations. BES asks for an optional $5 student donation to cover Art supplies. If you would like to donate please send cash or check made out to BES to your child's classroom teacher. I also privately fundraise using Adopt-a-Classroom and Donor's Choose. Please email me if you would like additional information. You can find our classroom Amazon Wish List here:Classroom Amazon Wish List of you can support us through Donors Choose

About Mrs. Katie Vaughn

    I am a native New Yorker but have lived all over the country and first moved to Tipton County in 2001. I love living and teaching in Tennessee and recently bought a home in historic Covington. 

I have a Bachelors degree from the University of Memphis and a Masters with Honors in Education from The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY.

Before moving to Tennessee, I worked as a teen writer for The Reading Eagle Newspaper, in Reading PA. and held several jobs interning in entertainment and politics. Notably, my internships include working at MTV, The New York City Ballet, Philadelphia Philharmonic, and with former New York City Mayor, Rudy Giuliani. 
I have been a teacher in Tipton County since 2006. Teaching Art is my dream job and I love what I do!  
Before becoming an Art teacher, I taught 2nd grade at Atoka Elementary and 3rd grade at Austin Peay Elementary. I also worked as a substitute teacher at Tipton Rosemark Academy where my mother, Mrs. Connie Adam was a second grade teacher for almost 20 years.

My Mother and I in 2006

As an Artist, I have had work displayed by the Brooks Museum in Memphis and shared on Social Media by the Modern Museum of Art in New York City. I am also a photographer and have photo credits in School Arts Magazine, The Leader Newspaper, and the New York Times. 

Filming for Adopt-A-Classroom

I love to travel and one of my goals is to visit all the major Art Museums in the World. I want to continue to learn about Art and bring back things from my adventures to share with my students. 

My husband, Lance Vaughn, is an Air Force Combat Veteran who served in Desert Storm as a Firefighter. Lance is currently working from our home as an Artist and a Fine Art Photographer. 

Art Links: 

I was recently featured on the State of Tennessee Department of Education's Website. #TeacherofTN 

I love to write about what I do and was published in School Arts Magazine's Summer 2018 edition. I authored an article titled "Humor in the Art Room, Engaging Diverse Learners though Laughter." I have also been featured in their Art Hacks section Oct. 2018 Edition. I also write freelance for the local newspaper, The Leader. 

Starting in the Fall of 2018, I will be teaching Art Classes for the Town of Atoka's Park and recreation. Classes for children will be held on Monday nights from 4pm-7pm. If you would like more information you can contact the Town of Atoka or stop by Town Hall.

 As a freelance writer and photographer, I have written for magazines and have had photos in the New York Times and UK's The Guardian Newspaper. Locally, I write for Tipton County's newspaper, The Leader I cover education stories and write local public interest pieces.