Hi,
 
My name is Jessica Vaughn. I am currently running for the  Hillsborough County School board in District 3 for the 2020 election. Please allow me to tell you a little about myself. 
 
After graduating in 2010 with my bachelors in Elementary Education from the University of South Florida, I started teaching 1st grade at a local title one/ renaissance school. However, in 2012 I gave birth to my only son Zachariah and decided that being a substitute teacher was better fit for a mother of a young child. 
 
Since 2013, I have been a substitute teacher in the Hillsborough County School System. Substitute teaching has not only allowed me to stay inside the classroom, but it has also provided me the opportunity to teach in a variety of different classrooms situations and interact with a variety of students. 
 
Aside from being certified to teach grades K-6th, I also have my ESOL endorsement (ESOL stands for English as a Second Language), as well as my exceptional student endorsement and an endorsement in Health Education.
 
In 2016, I was elected as a Tampa Palms C.D.D Supervisor.  Along with four other elected C.D.D supervisors, I help to manage a near three-million dollar budget comprised of extra tax money which our community generates in order to maintain the infrastructure of our neighborhood. 
 
Also, since 2016 I’ve held various elected positions within my community and have worked at the grassroots level in order to advocate for transparency, accountability, and inclusivity within local government. 
 
So, who am I?
 
  • I am an educator who is passionate about equitable and inclusive public education. 
  • I am someone who combines the experience, the education and skill set we need on our school board. 
  • I am a mother of a-typical learner who understands the struggle of having to advocate for his education every step of the way. 
  • I am a candidate who offers voters a platform for progress as opposed to just empty campaign promises.
If you’d like to know more about me or have specific questions, feel free to contact me directly and ask. I’m an open book.