Title: Earth Science Educator
Company: Northeastern University
Location: Billerica, Massachusetts, United States
Thomas Joseph Vaughn, BA, MA, MEd, C.A.G.S., Earth Science Educator at Northeastern University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in earth sciences.
Harboring more than 50 years of experience in his areas of expertise, Mr. Vaughn currently flourishes in a number of academic positions, including as an earth science instructor at Northeastern University, a science educator and consultant with the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, and a professor of environmental studies at Middlesex Community College. He formerly found success as a professor of education at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lesley University, and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, as well as a lead science and earth science teacher at Arlington High School between 1972 and 2004. Moreover, Mr. Vaughn served as the assistant director for Project ESTEEM at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and an adult education instructor for Arlington Public Schools. Prior to these appointments, Mr. Vaughn began his career as a teaching fellow at Boston University from 1969 to 1971 before working as an earth science teacher at DeSales High School and a liberal arts professor at Bryant-McIntosh Junior College
Before embarking upon his professional path, Mr. Vaughn pursued an education at Mount Carmel College, earning a Bachelor of Arts in history and geography in 1968. He continued his studies with a Master of Arts in geography from Boston University in 1972 and a Master of Education in secondary educational administration from the University of Massachusetts Lowell in 1977. Concluding his academic efforts with a certificate in advanced graduate studies in computers in education at Lesley University in 1985, Mr. Vaughn has additionally obtained his certification in online instruction, as a general supervisor and high school principal in Massachusetts and as a teacher in earth science, geography, and history.
A fellow of the Teacher Leadership Academy of Massachusetts, Mr. Vaughn has further contributed to the Independent University of Alumni Association at Lowell, the Massachusetts Association of Science Teachers, the National Association of Geoscience Teachers, the Massachusetts Association of Science Supervisors, the National Geographical Society and Alpha Omega Alpha, among other organizations. He has also excelled outside of his primary responsibilities with the Massachusetts Department of Education, the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Education, the Harvard University Science Teacher Network, the Billerica Friends of the Library, and Saint Theresa Church in Billerica. A prolific presenter, Mr. Vaughn is likewise noted as the co-author of the 1994 book, “Integrating Computers in Your Classroom: Middle and Secondary Science.”
Inducted to the Massachusetts Science Educators Hall of Fame in 1992, Mr. Vaughn’s exemplary achievements have been recognized with distinctions as a Tandy technical scholar in 1996 and the title of Outstanding Adjunct Professor by the National Association of Geoscience Teachers in 2016. Furthermore, he has been presented with the Pathfinder Award in Technology from the Massachusetts Department of Education in 1991, the Science Educator of the Year Award for Middlesex County from the Massachusetts Association of Science Teachers in 1998, and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Massachusetts Lowell in 2000. In recent years, Mr. Vaughn has received accolades from Lesley University in 2005, the Massachusetts Association of Science Supervisors in 2006, and the Massachusetts Science Education Leadership Association in 2007.
Inspired by his family, including his mother, who stressed the importance of education throughout his formative years, and his grandfather, Wilbur, Mr. Vaughn cites an invitation to the White House to accept a Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics and Sciences from President Clinton as the pinnacle of his career. He is proud to have been authentic in all of his interactions with his students and colleagues throughout his decades-spanning career in education. Looking toward the future, Mr. Vaughn hopes to foster and advise the next generation of professionals in his discipline.
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