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Leo Vaughns

Position: Seventh/Eighth Grade ELA Teacher
School: Kirkpatrick Middle School
School District: Fort Worth ISD
City, State: Fort Worth, TX

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Leo Vaughns was nominated by Rich Claypool, a member of the community.

On June 21, 1968, Leo Vaughns, Jr. was born in Fort Worth, Texas to the parentage of Leo & Vivian Vaughns. He was an only child who attended Morningside Elementary, Morningside Middle School during sixth grade, and Wedgewood Middle School for seventh and eighth grade He graduated from Southwest High School and executed a song tribute to the graduating class. After graduating high school, he attended Tarrant County Junior College, where he received his Associate Art’s degree. Later, he transferred to Texas Christian University, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree with an emphasis in secondary education, English, reading, and a minor in music.

After graduating from Texas Christian University, Mr. Vaughns attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary for three years. In 1990, he was hired at Kirkpatrick Middle School by Mr. Jorge Mendoza as a reading teacher. Later, he became the choral music teacher (where he rearranged the school fight song). He is currently serving as a English language arts teacher for seventh and eighth grades. While teaching during the day, he was the gospel choir director at Weatherford College for two years, leading the choir to perform throughout the DFW metroplex. On October 6, 2003, he received his certificate of Ministerial Ordination.

After many years of teaching, Mr. Vaughns continued his education, completed a one-year cohort program at Concordia University, and received his Masters of Educational Leadership degree on March 25, 2017 with a GPA of 4.0. At Kirkpatrick Middle School, he has dedicated many years of service, not only in the classroom, but in various areas to enhance That Wildcat Family Spirit. He participates in pep rallies, holiday events, radio programs, Pie Day events, United Way events, community events, sumo wrestling, school spirit events, and the changing of the marquee. He coordinates talent shows and has served as the Wildcat mascot.

Mr. Vaughns advises an after-school production class. This year, they helped with a film entitled Den of Artists, which focused on the importance of seeking an adult when confronted with peer-pressure. This production was filmed at Kirkpatrick, received first place, and will be presented throughout the state of Texas. He is also an active participant in
the English Language Arts curriculum writing. Additionally he has made a series of presentations for fifth grade teachers called Let's Go Fishing, which consisted of full day workshops to motivate teachers and cultivate an atmosphere of learning.

At Kirkpatrick Middle School, Mr. Vaughns tries to illuminate the importance of building relationships with students, colleagues, families, and the community. In 2018, he received the Teaching Chair of Excellence in Secondary Education. On May 23, 2019, the Kirkpatrick Middle School Auditorium was named in his honor.

Outside of his teaching role, Mr. Vaughns serves as a minister of music, associate minister, male chorus president, and vice chairperson of the youth department at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church. Throughout his life, he has been blessed to
receive numerous awards:

Fort Worth Independent School District:

  • Teacher of the Year 2013-2014
  • Outstanding Teacher of the Month (November 2011)
  • Outstanding Teacher of the Month (January 2009)
  • Kirkpatrick Middle School Choir Recognition Award 2008
  • Outstanding Teacher of the Month (October 2007)
  • Outstanding Teacher of the Month (May 2007)
  • Teacher of the Year 2006-2007
  • Outstanding Teacher of the Month (October 2005)
  • Teacher of the Year 2002-2003
  • 2002 Outstanding Teacher of the Year
  • Outstanding Teacher of the Month (February 2000)
  • 2017-2018 Teaching Chair of Excellence (Secondary English) Finalist
  • ELA Curriculum Writing (2018)
  • 2018 Teaching Chair of Excellence (Secondary English) Finalist

Other Recognitions

  • Walmart Teacher of the Year Recognition 2007
  • Gospel Singer of the Year Recognition (Southwest High School 1986)
  • Award of Recognition (Golden Age Committee – April 27, 1996)
  • Award of Recognition and Dedication (St. Mark Cumberland Presbyterian Church (July 18, 1999)
  • Musician Banquet Award - (Greater New Hope Baptist Church – November 4, 2000)
  • Certificate of Appreciation – Wesley Chapel AME Church (July 22, 2001)
  • Ministerial License and Ordination (Oct. 6, 2003)
  • Certificate of Copyright for CD Project: God Is Still in Control (2004)
  • Rites of Passage Mentorship Recognition – Dallas, Texas (August 1, 2004)
  • Model School Conferences and Presentations (Orlando, Florida)
  • Model School Presentations (Atlanta, Georgia) 2009
  • Laymen of the Year Recognition Fellowship Baptist Church 2010
  • Minister of Music Appreciation Award (July 2014)
  • Youth Teacher of the Year Recognition Fellowship Baptist Church 2017
  • Teen Video Fest Award for Den of Artist Video (Character: Mr. McVaughn)
  • Presenter for Edu Con – Fort Worth ISD

"I have been blessed to get to know Mr. Vaughns," said Claypool. "He is a pillar at Kirkpatrick and in his community. He is the poster child for what LifeChanger of the Year is all about."



Comments (472)


Mary Malone Posted 9 months ago

Mr. Leo Vaughn, Jr., in my humble opinion, is an extraordinarily exceptional young man who has been gifted beyond measure. He's in a class by himself because of his authenticity and he can't be replicated. He has always worked selflessly whenever he has been awarded for any reason because that's who he is...and he loves what he does with or without an award! To receive this award would just be another ?? STAR in his Crown!

Charisse H Brown Posted over a year ago

Where to begin.... Leo Vaughns is a dedicated, effectual young man that loves people real big, and there's nothing we can or want do about it!!! Congrats sir, keep up the great work, God's got you on his mind.

Anai Roman Posted over a year ago

Vaughn’s is an amazing teacher, me and my sister both had him and we absolutely loved him. He really listened to a student if they had trouble with anything or if they just needed someone to talk to he was there. Mr. Vaughn’s you rock!

Alicia Franklin Posted over a year ago

Leo is an amazing person. He deserves this and much more.

Vernon Evans Posted over a year ago

Leo is an exceptional person. He finds inventive ways to motivate and develop youth and adults. He is totally committed to his community and his church.

Alicia Franklin Posted over a year ago

Leo is an amazing person. He deserves this and much more.

Claudia Posted over a year ago

In the short time I have had the pleasure of knowing Leo I have confirmed his commitment to the children he serves and the community. He works hard but makes it look easy and best of all makes it fun. It’s always a pleasure to volunteer with him. He is definitely a motivator!!!

Ruben Guajardo Posted over a year ago

My 1994 music teacher..this is who you are and what you was born to do!!!!...Everyone loved you when I was there and im sure you have meant so much to do many kids...my the Lord bless you with a long healthy life.Gid bless you and I will always remember you

Devin Posted over a year ago

Well done good and faithful servant. You are impacting the lives of so many of our youth.

Eduardo Posted over a year ago

Great teacher, great friend, and an amazing role model! He’s the best that has ever happened in my life as a student of Mr. Vaughns!

Pamela Cooke Posted over a year ago

Leo and I grew up together, he been the same person every since. Loved by all he crossed paths with. I am so happy of the man of God he has grown into. Keep allowing the Lord to use you my brother.??

Eduardo Posted over a year ago

Very well deserves this! He is my favorite teacher of all!!! ?? Very successful and an amazing leader and role model.

Jasmine Posted over a year ago

Mr.Vaughns has always been the one teacher I could never forget. No matter what was going on during the school day good or bad he always had a way to make the day even better whether it was his quirky jokes or him just being him he was always there to lighten the mood and always make the world brighter.

Larissa Lombard Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughns is not our teacher, he’s our Pops. He’s the man we go to when we need advice and encouragement. He’s the man that brightens up the entire room when there’s a storm outside. I can’t picture how my years at Kirkpatrick could have possibly gone without being lead by Mr.Vaughns. I had him for honors English and for after school choir. I was shy, but he helped me find myself. My autistic brother then attended Kirkpatrick, and although my brother didn’t have him personally as a teacher, he never hesitated to be there and watch out for my brother. I go back to visit so my son can see him, because he is definitely the type of role model I want my son growing up knowing. We always have some teachers that we love when in school but then lose touch with after we leave, but that’s not how things work with him. Mr. Vaughns always makes it known that we forever have him by our side no matter the circumstances. He truly is a father figure to us all. We love this man for all his hard work and dedication, and I personally could not be more proud of him. Also, I can’t thank him enough for the positivity he always had and continues to shed on my life.

Paula Brown Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughans has been a positive influence in the life of my son. His dedication to make a difference in the life of young people is relentless. He shows unconditional passion support even after they've left his classroom. The world could use a few more men like Mr.Leo Vaughns.

Marquis Washington Posted over a year ago

Mr.Vaughn's one of the best teachers at Kirkpatrick middle school. Mr. Vaughns was my music teacher in seventh grade many years ago and because of him till this day music is my passion and I thank him for everything he had taught me.

Daniel Felix Posted over a year ago

Mr.vaughns was my teacher 8th grade I was part of the first class called wildcat brothers he brought all of us together as a family. He is a good and supportive man always puts a smile on everyone’s face I thank him for everything he has done I love you pops

Zick calderon Posted over a year ago

He was very inspirational teacher helped through a lot and even more. loved him like my father that’s why I call him pops

Tony Martinez Posted over a year ago

This man is a life changer, he made school pretty fun, at the time he was teaching music. Yes I’m that old. It was always a joy going to his class in 8th grade. Time sure does fly and I find it fascinating that he keeps in contact of all his children. Even if most of us are all adults now. Lol we’re still his kids. Mr. Vaughn’s the GOAT ??

Sharon Mason Ford-Turner Posted over a year ago

Mr Vaughn a teacher at Milton l Kirkpatrick Middle and he makes his teaching a priority and gives his time and financial support in any way he can to help his students and their families achieve. He had mentored so many. He deserves this Award.

Daniel Felix Posted over a year ago

Mr.vaughns was my teacher 8th grade I was part of the first class called wildcat brothers he brought all of us together as a family. He is a good and supportive man always puts a smile on everyone’s face I thank him for everything he has done I love you pops

Stacy Posted over a year ago

He's the Best Teacher at Kirkpatrick Middle School.. He was my brother and son teacher.. He's The Best!!! The Community supports him!!

Leo vaughns Posted over a year ago

It’s spring break and doing a little reflecting. Another the FWISD system is down, I would like to thank each of my kids for your posts and comments. 30 years at Kirkpatrick is a blessing. Many of your kids, I have. Many of you, I carried as babies, which makes you all special and dear to me. Thank you all for considering me pops! Father Abraham? No comparison because I have many kids. Love y’all

Samantha Mazouni Posted over a year ago

Best teacher ever

Juan quiroz Posted over a year ago

Pops is the best teacher at Kirkpatrick middle school he help us with our hard times and good times

Gregorio Fabela Posted over a year ago

He’s very supportive and kind towards everyone. No matter what might be happening in your life he always knows the right words to say to you when you feel down, after 5 years since I was his student he remains on top for me and for many others I’m sure. he is a very great man that i feel like if I ever need anything he’ll be there for me. He’s a very respectable, honorable and dependable man treating us all as his family and we feel the same way towards him he’s our pops.

Rich Claypool Posted over a year ago

Here we go! Another mission and freeway! Blessed and honored to present a session for FWISD Racial Equity Summit: March 21, 2020! Not TCU this time but Texas Wesleyan University! #LCOY #WildcatStrong Leo is an advocate in the community. Lets all get behind him and support his efforts.

Derrick J Bouldin Posted over a year ago

Rev Vaughns is all about God, family, education, and community and it shows in all aspects of his daily walk. There is not a more deserving person that I know of this accomplishment and more.

Johanna Carranza Posted over a year ago

Mr Vaughn's wasn’t my teacher for any of my grade levels but even though he wasn’t my teacher he made a difference in my life he taught me that there is teachers out there that really care for their students and he shows that every day of his career and for the people that have been his former students they always remember Vaughn’s

Jennifer Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughn’s one of the best teachers at Kirkpatrick I enjoyed being in his class he always knew how to make everyone smile and laugh, loved how he taught, and the stories he told us. Always keeps in touch with his students, thank you for being an amazing teacher! Keep up the good hard work!

Abigail Posted over a year ago

Mr.vaughns one of the greatest teacher from kms taught me a lot,I couldn't ask for more doe teach me to focus on does Star tests yet he's an amazing teacher and the best I could ever ask for.I love you papa??

Marissa Posted over a year ago

Mr.Vaughns was a great teacher. not only would you see him as one, but at KMS, everyone recognized him as “ pops” he always has a big smile through good and bad days. He had plenty of jokes and made learning fun. Mr.Vaughns was a second dad to everyone. He has been so active in our community we all love him!!

Corina Posted over a year ago

papa Vaughns You have been there not only for me but for class of 2020 who left Kirkpatrick middle school 4 years ago you saw us go through one of the hardest time in our life loosing a wildcat member you have always been such an amazing teacher, friend and a father to many of us... and I hope all FWISD had such amazing teachers like you... because once a wildcat always a wildcat

Miguel Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughns my music teacher 6-8 grade best teacher I could ever ask for not only would he make class fun but pep rally’s foot ball basketball games u name it had the whole school rocking with him I remember when we came up with this weird play where he acted like a guy who hunted the school I bealive he called him mr. Ugg alway had a great spirt never have I came across another teacher like him LOVE YOU MR.V

Tim W. Posted over a year ago

Hands down one of my over all favorite teachers! You made learning fun and made sure you did everything in your abilities to ensure we grew as students and people. I just want to say thank you and continue to be the great person you are.

Matthew Posted over a year ago

Leo is my uncle and was the Minister of Music at the church I grew up in. This man literally was one of the vehicles through which I found God. He taught me piano, he taught me how to drive, he taught me to sing and helped me understand the role of music in ministry, and religious service and foreshadowed the role music would play in my life as I’m now a professional musician living abroad in Puerto Rico. I can’t say enough about the energy and impact Uncle Leo has invested in my life as a student and can not thank him enough. He deserves all the flowers and is exactly what’s right about FWISD. Much love to all and love and Godspeed to you Leo Vaughns!!!

Leo vaughns jr Posted over a year ago

Wow! Thank you! Many of you have grown up and have kids at Kirkpatrick. Although I don’t have them in class, I know who they are when they walk by, not only do they look like you but when they call me pops, I already know. I love all of you!

Jefferson Posted over a year ago

I will never forget vaughns! i had him for 8th grade and i still remember the songs he taught us, the stories he told, and that ENERGY that you can feel walking into that mans room. got my hype to go to school everyday

Gerardo Granados Posted over a year ago

Vaughns is the man of the day, everyday. He’s the type of guy to shield his students from the pain of the world and help them get through it. He keeps in touch with students even years after the graduate and always hopes for the best of everyone. There could never be a bigger man then him unless god himself touched the ground.

Karen Salas Posted over a year ago

Vaughns thought me to be my self around other and to always love one another no matter what. Because of him I had the courage to be myself! I love you Mr. Vaughn’s and I hope nothing but luck in your life.

Yoana Posted over a year ago

He was one of the best teachers I had in middle school! He would always push us to try harder and made it fun along the way! And always positive always supporting us with everything and was always there for us if we needed to talk ??

Abraham c Posted over a year ago

I had the great honor of being able to learn from mr.vuaghns not only about our school studies but about life.His optimism was always on point. When I went through some of the toughest challenges of my life home.vuaghns was there he helped me have faith and he is one of a kind. He’s an inspiration and I believe I am blessed and everyone else who has met mr.vuaghns is blessed thank you for being you sir I keep you in my prayers that you keep on keeping on thank you sir.-Abraham

Leo Posted over a year ago

While having a few moments and being confronted with the passing of my former student/godson, A few months ago, I lost one of my former Wildcat Brothers and had to reflect on my purpose. I took the moment again to reflect on my purpose. Witnessing the sting of losing a former student, to which once you are my student, you will always be my kids, I took time to look and read some of the comments. I am grateful for each of your kind words, love, support and willingness to express yourself. 30 years at Kirkpatrick has been my blessing and I wouldn't have it any other way. Thank you so much for being my children, coworkers and members in the community. Blessing upon each of you and as we continue this journey together, remember the words of one of my favorite songs: "Lean on me, when you're not strong and I'll be your friend, I'll help you carry on. It won't be long until I'm gonna need somebody to lean on." Your words of love and expressions have been my ray of sunshine during this time of losing not only a former student but one of my son. My boy; Devin Washington. Love all of you! May God's blessing surround and protect you all. This is my prayer for each of you. Love Pops!

Hermelinda Posted over a year ago

I’ve never met a teacher like Vaughns before. I always looked forward towards this class and at times the tasks we would do in class would help me with what I was going through personally. It really gave me another perspective. Not only talented in music and theater but in knowing how to be like a father figure to his students. He always knew when something was wrong without us having to say a word. He cares for his students a lot and when I had him as a teacher, I never wanted that period to come to an end. Mr.Vaughns taught me that there was still plenty to learn , not only in school but in life. He has guided me through a good path and I know I’ll never encounter a teacher like him ever again. He’s one of a kind

Nikita Moye Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughns is a sensational person and when you couple that with being an educator it takes things over the top. He is dedicated to impacting the lives of students, staff, and any adult he encounters. He is the true definition of being a life changer in all aspects of his life.

Bri Clark Posted over a year ago

Leo an I met In High School, Gospel Choir. He had the most beautiful spirit. Always laughing and smiling. All the years I’ve known him, he’s never changed. And although it’s been years since I’ve seen him, I can’t imagine him ever changing. He has a gift for helping others and doesn’t mind walking in his gift. He has my vote without a doubt. Love you Leo. And I want to congratulate you on all you’ve accomplished thus far, as well as your future accomplishments.

Rudy Mendoza Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughns is an exceptionally talented and dedicated professional. He is an innovative and dynamic presenter who consistently strives to engage all learners through energetic and relevant instructional activities. He is a blessing to our community.

Karen Molinar Posted over a year ago

Mr. Leo Vaughns is an exemplar for any school district that wants to promote teacher leadership and teacher voice. Mr. Vaughns takes the initiative to build professional learning communities for his students, peers, and districtwide stakeholders. His energy and personality draws people of all ages to him with a common focus for our students. Mr. Vaughns is an advocate for his school community and the district. Fort Worth ISD is lucky to have him as a teacher leader.

Wendy R Owens Posted over a year ago

You cannot spend any time around Mr. Vaughns without being drawn in by his magnetic personality. His smile and heart are both as big as Texas! Even though he almost seems bigger than life with the number of people he has had a positive impact on, when you are with him, he makes you feel like you are the most important person in the world! I look forward to my interactions with Mr. Vaughns. His positive spirit is such a blessing!

Deidra L. Keener Posted over a year ago

Since I have been working for FWISD, I have had the pleasure of collaborating with Mr. Vaughns in various settings. He has and continues to be a a great contributor and asset to the work in which we are engaged. His personality is magnetic, and he never fails to brighten up any room. He is truly a blessing!

Mia Ramirez Posted over a year ago

Mr.Vaughns was a great teacher for me last year. He was very open about everything. He would tell his stories and have all of our attention. His teaching is different in a positive way. He has a positive impact on all students now, and all students then.

Nora Posted over a year ago

Mr.Vaughns was an amazing teacher he was always so full of energy always a smile on his face making jokes,singing, making other kids days. His class was the best his way or teaching was unique he cared so much for his students his not just a teacher his a role model.

Roza Posted over a year ago

Mr.vaughns is one of my favorite teacher because he makes learning really fun! And not only is he really funny but also very energetic and optimistic. He’s also been an inspiration ,and a role to many of his students including me.i thank god that I got a chance to have such an amazing,caring,funny,And creative teacher who made my school year 10x better!! Thank you mr Vaughns.

Alondra Villegas Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughns is a once in a lifetime teacher. He influenced me in many ways, he’s always about the kids. He taught me so many things, i still use them till this day. Not only is he the nicest teacher ever, but he is also a father figure to many. He never gave up on me or anybody. He made learning fun and left a imprint in many people, i’ll always remember the one and only Mr. Vaughns

Camila Muñoz Posted over a year ago

Mr.Vaughns was an amazing person that would always tell us to think outside the box.He would always tell stories that would touch my heart. He’s also really energetic and made a song for us to sing so we could memorize the things that were necessary.After my last year in high school I kept singing the song and until now it’s really useful for my English class.I think Mr.Vaughns really deserves this award.

Gabriel Salazar Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughn's is an amazing and kind teacher. He's always been energetic and uplifting, even when he himself was going through some tough times. He always looks for ways to make someone joyful and unstressed. Mr. Vaughn's an amazing person and I hope he keeps on being that wonderful human being.

Jasmin Lerma Posted over a year ago

Pops (Mr.Vaughns) was an amazing teacher he is always so energetic and happy and made everyone’s day he was always there for his students he actually cared about his students like no other teacher that I have met he has always supported us he was so patient and kind and had a huge heart he deserves this award.

Armando Diaz Posted over a year ago

Greatest teacher I’ve ever had,Mr.Vaughns is a great role model.He was alway happy and energetic, he would always find a way to make learning fun.i still remember the song he made up for us to sing and be able to remember everything we learned the whole school year.

Valeria Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughns was hands down my favorite teacher at Kirkpatrick. He really cared about all his students and taught you not only about school, but he also taught you important life.

Anna Gallardo Posted over a year ago

Where do I begin to describe such an influencer, pops also Mr. Vaughns has inspired many students and myself. For that I am very grateful to have had him as a teacher at Kirkpatrick Middle School. He sees the potential in everyone even if they may not see it in themselves and in his very brilliant way he brings out the best in others. Although many people don't get to meet him, he is an amazing person with a big heart. I hope he continues to impact the lives of many others in the future. He is and will be a life changer.

Lericia Meza Mascorro Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaighn, has been a great techter, role model, for 3 of my kids and numerous of my nieces. I highly admire Mr. Vaughns for all his achievements in his career. But most of all he was there for my family when my son Johnny Meza was in the hospital. I will never forget how Mr. Vaughns prayed for him.

Chris Booker Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughn’s is one of the greatest teachers I’ve had the experience of dealing with. I was never a member of choir when I was in school. However Mr. Vaughn’s never made it seem that way. He was always engaged in my academic progress as well as my behavior. He’s the type of person that doesn’t just “do his job” he does what needs to be done. I think if you look at the students pass and present. It’s obvious the man has a gift for working with children and is doing exactly what God has called him for.

Jesus Soto Posted over a year ago

One of the greatest teachers that i have had. Mr.V was always there for me, from my greatest to my worst days. He never gave up with me. Unlike many teachers that just get mad and write you up. He always made into a learning and valuable lesson. Thank you Mr.Vaughns.

Ruben Posted over a year ago

I got to say Mr.Vaughns is one of the few teachers that made learning fun and made it seem simple.With his way of being with us he showed us he really cared for us and his class is the one I remember when I think back to middle School.

Josue Posted over a year ago

I could never in a million years describe how badly Mr.Vaughns deserves this award. He is the most caring, wonderful, ecstatic, and overall greatest person who I have ever met. He teaches like no other and has his way to teach kids like he has taught me. He’s the most active person in the school, and does the most to make sure people understand. He leaves his imprint on people on how charismatic he is and will never leave my mind.

Diana Senechal Posted over a year ago

I was one of Mr. Vaughns's professors at the summer institute of the Dallas Institute's Cowan Center. He brought joy, wonder, wisdom, and exuberance to our readings and discussions. He treated the experience as a gift--and gave of himself with heart and soul, welcoming every opportunity to learn and grow. I can begin to imagine what he brings to his teaching. His students and colleagues are blessed. I heartily support his nomination for LifeChanger of the Year.

Brandon Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughns is an inspiring ELA teacher who brings out the best in students and helps them discover their educational potential in many shapes and forms. He sets the bar high for what a every teacher should strive to be by communicating well within his classroom, forming a connection among his students, and in all disciplining everyone in the classroom while maintaining a fun learning environment.

Josue Posted over a year ago

I could never in a million years describe how badly Mr.Vaughns deserves this award. He is the most caring, wonderful, ecstatic, and overall greatest person who I have ever met. He teaches like no other and has his way to teach kids like he has taught me. He’s the most active person in the school, and does the most to make sure people understand. He leaves his imprint on people on how charismatic he is and will never leave my mind.

Uriel L Posted over a year ago

He was the best teacher i have ever had, he was different and i learned alot because of him.I didnt just learn educationaly but about life as well, big props to him

Jennifer Esparza Posted over a year ago

Mr.Vaughns was such an amazing person who inspired me to think outside the box and truly be myself. I’m glad to see that he is nominated for this award, and I hope that he wins. There is no one like Mr.Vaughns, not only does he care about a student’s education, but he also cares about the emotional state a student is in. I highly think this award is truly meant for him. Thank you Mr.Vaughns for everything you do for your students.

Lesley Posted over a year ago

I had Mr.Vaughns in 8th grade. He made my last year in middle school one to remember, always made sure we were good and that what he taught us stayed in our minds. Having such an amazing person as your teacher really did motivate you to try your best, so glad I get to say he was my teacher and I will forever be proud of that, he truly is deserving of all of this.

Geraldyn Contreras Posted over a year ago

I had Mr.Vaughns for English 1, in 8th grade , I was beyond scared about talking a highschool class while being in middle school , but with Mr.Vaughns encouragement and amazing way of teacher I passed my STAAR test without a worry and feel completely comfortable about english , and I strongly believe it’s because of the way he teachers. Not only is he an outstanding teacher , he’s also a friend , a father figure for some , during 8th grade I went through some rough patches and every single time I felt like talking to someone about it , he was always available and even when he wasn’t he would make time to hear me out, he helped me and encouraged me not to give up and continue to support me in everything I do. To this day, with a simple “hey mija” with a loving hug , Mr.Vaughns uplifts everyone’s spirits , he truly is everyone you need to have in life all in his purple loving self.

Yessica Posted over a year ago

I thank Mr. Vaughns for helping me realize who I am. Going into his class during my 8th grade year I would sit in the back of the classroom and not talk to anyone, but the one thing I would do is admire Mr. Vaughns.He taught his class like no other teacher, he made English class fun and enjoyable. Thanks to him i learned that life is about learning in fun ways and doing the things you love and helping others. Mr. Vaughns is the most amazing person and I’m glad I got him as an 8th grade teacher!

Yajaira Reyes Posted over a year ago

Very great teacher with a good heart

Veronica Cooks Posted over a year ago

I am so very happy to see this accomplishment. This was very much deserving for Mr. Vaughan. He is an awesome and kind hearted person!

Michelle Schwalls Posted over a year ago

Leo Vaughns is a perfect example of what teachers should strive to be: an advocate, a parent, a leader, a role model, and a believer. I have worked in FWISD with him since I started 19 years ago. His enthusiasm is infectious, inspiring, and absolutely critical for student growth. His commitment is steadfast, unwavering, and purposeful with intended outcomes - he is a man on a mission and through this award can continue the work of growing hearts and minds of generations to come.

Bianca Wright Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughns If you ever attended Kirkpatrick Middle school, & you hear that name, you know it can only be one. Such an amazing person inside & out, always positive, full of joy, and happiness. I had Mr. Vaughns for music & choir, he left such an impact on my life, memories that that will stay with me for a lifetime. Definition of a role model, any student would love to have him as an teacher/mentor, I’m so proud to be able to say “that was my teacher” we need more like him, so genuine, & have always wanted his students to succeed! Thank you Mr.Vaughns, for all that you have done & continue to do! This man is truly a blessing to so many!

Ernesto Carrillo Posted over a year ago

I remeber entering kirkpatrick towards the end of my 8th grade year and like any other kid in that situation i was slightly antisocial but Mr.Vaughns was the only person who welcomed me into the school and tried to get me out my bubble by making be help out in the talent show he was trully a mentor and helped me pass my STAR test with flying colors i really cherish him as a mentor and am forever thankfull for him treating me like one of his kids

Aileen Posted over a year ago

I have never met any other teacher who has brought more life in a class room other than Mr. Vaughns! He’s the kind of teacher that you wish you are going to have because he is so loved by everyone! I had the honor to be apart of his class, and now he sees me as his own, and I’m truly grateful for that. If there’s anyone who deserves this .. it’s Mr. Vaughns!

Stephen Anderson Posted over a year ago

Mr Vaughns is one of those teachers u will always remember... Especially when thinking of decisions u make in school...lol. I call him Uncle Teacher because that's what he is n was when i was at KP. He was lik that Uncle in the family that's in church that every nephew n niece respect n he made sure of that... Right when u get out of line with another teacher he would come out of nowhere and remind u to respect your elders and u are a reflection of what you were taught... I can talk all day about Uncle Teacher... But I wanna thank him for jus caring...

Monica Williams Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughns is an amazing person. I was blessed to grow up with him from a child. He showed me the love in music. He was my musician at my church for so many years at Greater New Hope in Fort Worth. He not only headed the music department he also planned the yearly Hunted House for Halloween. He transformed the church into something only he could. He played a major part in the person I am today! He deserves all the recognition he can get. Thank you so much for what you have done and what you continue to do for our kids in Fort Worth!

Tabitha Perez Posted over a year ago

Mr.VAUGHNS is an amazing teacher and mentor, very dedicated to the school an especially to his students. I always looked forward to going to his class. Love you Mr.Vaughns

Anthony Torres Posted over a year ago

Mr.Vaughns is the KIng.He is generous,loving honest and most of all a great friend/mentor.My cousin had him in middle school and she spoke to me about him on what kind of person he is.She told me things like how he had problems as a child and how he rose up to become the man he is today.I started my 8th grade year having him as a teacher and from my point of view I can honestly say that he is what my cousin said,hes humble,respectful,kind.He is the right example of what a role model should be and being honest and all,I look up to him not just as my teacher or friend but as family.

Danny gallardo Posted over a year ago

Me.vaughns is a example of a true leader, he’s a inspiration to many one thing he’s taught me is to follow my dreams ,I wanna say on behalf of my class we appreciate what you’ve done for us thank you

Mary Diggs Posted over a year ago

I couldn’t think of a more deserving person for this award. I’ve known Mr. Vaughns, or Leo as I call him, for close to 30 years. He has a heart of Hold and gives unselfishly of his time and talents. All who encounter him are drawn to his genuine heart and magnetic personality. The work he does in his school, church and community is not done for recognition or applause, but is certainly deserving of both!

Comonique White Posted over a year ago

Leo Vaughns is a perfect example of a role model. He is always doing great things for the church, kids, and the communities he loves!! He will definitely leave a lasting impression on anyone he meets. He makes everyone better. He is truly a blessing to anyone and everyone that is presents.

Shakeitha McGrew Posted over a year ago

I have know Mr. Vaughns for a very long time, he is a wonderful mentor, educator and friend. He has always gone above and beyond no matter what the situation. Thank you for all that you do!!!!!

Mauro Maldonado Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughns is an example of what a role model should be. Always doing great things for the kids and the community. He left a lasting impression on me over the years and I am truly grateful that he was my teacher when I attended Kirkpatrick Middle School. He is truly a blessing to the everyone that is around him.

Mrs. Natera Posted over a year ago

As I joined the KMS Family many years ago. I can recall Mr. Vaughns say "heeeelllooo" in his own goofy sounding way the first time we meet. As time passed I remember him singing one of my favorite songs "Wing Beneathe My Wings" , I know that GOD is guiding him to utilizes the gifts he has given him everywhere & with everyone from the past, present and in the future. One of those gifts is with his students, he enlightens them to the wanting to learn, to respect,grow and succeed. I witnessed this many times as I there with the Wildcat Brothers classes & English classes. With this, though I could write many more events that took place, I'm going to state one more. Vaughns can now sing though he's humble another favorite song that we would sing "I'm gonna let this light of mine, let it shine, let it shine" 1 more---peach cobbler? Lol!!!??

Glenda Foreman Posted over a year ago

He models commitment, dedication and excellence in everything he does. His warm and accepting manner frees up all the people that he works with to focus on being their best and doing their best.

Matthew Hernandez Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughn’s Is The Most Inspiring, Kind, Generous, Nice, Honest Man You Could Ever Meet. I Remember One Of My Electives Was Choir & Realizing That I New Nothing About Singing But He Gave Me A Chance. I Remember Riding The Bus After School And His Mother Was The Bus Driver She Is Amazing. While In School Mr Vaughn’s Made Sure We We’re On The Path To Success. He Watched Over Us With Care & Concern As He Does With Anyone. he Has A Passion For Teaching & He Really Loved The Moments He Could Connect With Us. You’ll Never Meet A Man Who Is More Accepting & Open To Nature’s And All It’s Wonders Like Him He Is A Gem. No Matter Where We Are In Life Or What We Are Doing He Is With Us Because We Have The Same Tattooed In Our Hearts. Thanks For All You Do Mr. Vaughn’s Your Appreciated

La Thiescia Robinson Posted over a year ago

Mr.Vaughs you are one the best teachers at KMS.I really appreciate the time you took up with In Show Choir god bless you !

Alondra Posted over a year ago

I had Mr.Vaughns my 8th grade year and he always inspired other students and myself to be the best we could be. Even students he did not teach were impacted by him. Not only was he an amazing soul but also a remarkable teacher who always made learning enjoyable. I still remember the song he made to help with definitions and its been 5 years! I don’t know an educator more deserving of all these awards than Mr.Vaughns.

Te’Angela McCain Posted over a year ago

Mr Vaughns (My Daddy) is one of the few icons of my life. He’s an amazing person as well as a teacher, advisor, God’s gift to Earth. If I could find the words to describe who he is, I would. But his work speaks for him & he is yet to continue to amaze us. I love you Dad & Thank You for what you do ! ??

Kristianna Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughns is a great person! He supports the ones he loves! Very outspoken and loving.

Robert Barrera Posted over a year ago

There’s a lot to be said about Mr. Vaughns, a great teacher, mentor and musician. Vaughns was and has always been looking his students best interest and he always did his best to guide his students to their goals. I am proud to be one of those students taught by Mr. Leo Vaughns.

Carmelo Johnson Posted over a year ago

Mr.Vaughn is a strange person when you first getting to know him because sometimes he can be a little crazy. He can be playful or could be serious. He has helped me a lot because i was in a bad spot at the beginning of 7th grade year but once i got in his class i started improving in class. I played sports and I didn't get in trouble as much. To me it is a blessing as my mom would say but when i got in his class i started reading the bible and doing much better. I love him and that's how i feel about THE GREAT Mr.Leo Vaughns

Alexander De Leon Posted over a year ago

Mr.vaughns is an amazing teacher!and is an inspiration to all of us.

Edgar Briseno Posted over a year ago

Mr. vaughns is the best teacher that I have because he is really good at his job .

David Delarosa Posted over a year ago

Leo Vaughns is the best teacher i ever had

emanuel Posted over a year ago

i like being in this class cause i love working in peace in this class is peaceful

erick ramos Posted over a year ago

Mr. Leo vaughns is the best teacher in the world and he cares about you elot and he is the best person

bryan mendez Posted over a year ago

pops is a inpact in me he just gives so much strategys and has a good vibe and deserves respect for what he dose he dose good music and loves each and everyone one of us and he gives us information about him and he goes through alot back then i wish i have him next year he is a insperation to me and alot of other people

Miguel Lopez., Posted over a year ago

leo vaughns is a outstanding teacher he always help us out always believe in us and this year i feel confident of passing the star test i wanna thank him for everything

Emiliano ibarra ???????? Posted over a year ago

Mr.vaughns is a cool person his classroom is calm and is life changing he is caring.????

sadracpuente Posted over a year ago

i like this class because its fun and u have free time and when thers a substitute its fun and what i like about mrleovaugn is that is is fun and we talk about cool stuff and we talk like real talk

Emiliano ibarra ???????? Posted over a year ago

Mr.vaughns is a cool person his classroom is calm and is life changing he is caring.????

isaiah thornton Posted over a year ago

i love this class becuse it is fun and very undersuble and everbody listens and it is never out of control and he gives us so much good advice and helps a lot

Hattie Thomas Barnes Posted over a year ago

Mr. Leo Vaughn is the most caring teacher i have ever met. As a parent I was very confident that my child was receiving the best teaching.. If every educator would pattern their self after Mr. Vaughan iit would be awesome.. He talks the talk and walks the walk to excellence.

Gerald W Masters Posted over a year ago

Gifted educator, musician, and expounder of the Good News. Couldn't happen to a more deserving person! Congratulations Leo Vaughns, Jr!!!

Alicia Franklin Posted over a year ago

Leo is amazingly talented and a great person to work with.

Adriana Gallardo Posted over a year ago

You’re the best teacher and adviser !! God bless you ! And may you continue to bless you’re students with you’re knowledge and wise advice !! I miss you !!

Xavier Sanchez Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughns is what you dream up when you create a mentor for our youth. I witnessed 1st hand as his Principal from 2010-2013 his gift for not only reaching our most at risk youth, but bring out the leadership traits in our students who were just starting to scratch their potential as young teens. Mr. Vaughns is as ingrained in the fabric as any member in the rich history of the Kirkpatrick Community, and it is an honor to support him in all of his endeavors.

Trevoy mann Posted over a year ago

Mr Vaughn is the greatest teacher music teacher mentor I ever had

Sahra Posted over a year ago

Your a good teacher to KMS and doing a good job. My son Diego loved singing with you.

Michael Posted over a year ago

Mr.Vaughns (Pops) is such an amazing person, he is one of the best teachers i had ever had, is such an inspiration and nothing means more to him than the kids, i love him so much, hes such a fun person to be around and can lighten up the darkest of moods, thanks for being there pops!

Lexus Martinez Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughns is an absolutely amazing teacher! I remember being in school and everyone wanted to have him as their English teacher and worked so hard to just make sure the were able to have him for the whole year! He made learning so much fun for absolutely everyone! From the moment you walked in for the transition camp, to the very last day of school. Mr. Vaughns made you feel like you were part of a family and always had someone watching out for you. From his vibrant and welcoming energy, to the songs he would come up with to help you remember things. He is just the absolute best! It’s been 9 almost 10 years since I’ve had him as a teacher, and I STILL remember the Inference Rap! Mr. Vaughns makes KMS who it is!

Joseph Martinez Posted over a year ago

Mr.vaughns is one of the best you can get he inspires so many to give it their all and push themselves farther than they could ever go he was a great role model for me believing in anything I did he has a caring heart for his students and treats everyone as if they were his own. He will forever be the pride and spirit of Kirkpatrick

Olivia Martinez Posted over a year ago

I cannot think of a more deserving person of this award then Mr.Vaughns. when you wall into his classroom you dont feel like a student you feel like family, that's the kind of energy he gives off. He made sure that every student he had even one's that he didn't knew that when they are with him they are known, valued, and inspired. He made student want to come to school just to go to his class.

Alianna Hernandez Posted over a year ago

Mr.Vaughns aka “pops” was a very amazing teacher. I got the opportunity to have known him my middle school years 2011-2014. He always puts his family. Friends & students before himself. He always has his door open no matter what the situation maybe. He made sure everyone felt at home and like family. It’s a blessing to get to have him in your life, he puts a smile on anyone’s face, especially mine. I’m very thankful for him and all the things he did to make sure my middle school years were great. Gotta love poppa Vaughn’s. Without him there’s no spirit and kms would not be called HOME of the wildcats.

Dr. Raymond Bryant Posted over a year ago

Congratulations and all the best to Leo Vaughns for all the hard work and dedication he has shown in his work and the passion he demonstrates for education!! You are a winner and we thank God for people like you who work tirelessly to make the world better through educating each generation. Keep changing lives!!!

Norman and Taneka Templeton Posted over a year ago

One of the greatest people we know.

Monica Macchietto Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughns is such an amazing educator. I had the opportunity to teach alongside him for five years when I was a teacher at Kirkpatrick Middle School. It is an amazing thing to watch Mr. Vaughns interact with students as well as their parents of which many he taught when they were in middle school. All of his students are "his kids", and you just hope you get your picture up on the wall in his classroom to join the many others that have graced his classroom throughout his years at KMS. Mr. Vaughns has definitely been a lifechanger for many students at KMS and beyond.

Charles Johnson Posted over a year ago

Leo Vaughns is exactly the kind of community leader our world needs right now! He is a dedicated public educator, a tireless mentor to students, a committed minister of the congregation, and A joyous advocate for public education for all children. He has our full and enthusiastic endorsement!

Bobbie Houston Posted over a year ago

Yes! Yes! Yes! But God! Your a life changer in so many ways. Hometown La Grange appreaciates you but most of all love you. Congratulations & good luck to you. Cousin Bobbie Houston

Joshua serrano Posted over a year ago

I’m thankful for meeting Vaughns because he’s an amazing person and he can change the world with his speeches and songs he’s a guy you can trust and love you will never hate Vaughns . He is the poster child for what LifeChanger of the Year is all about.

Vincent Carranza Posted over a year ago

if you cant do great things, do small things in a great way that´s what Mr,Vaughns lives by

Daniela Herrera Posted over a year ago

I like this class because it really fun a chill and my sister came to this school so its am nice class.

Sebastian Posted over a year ago

My brother and sister had the KING!

Leo Vaughns Jr Posted over a year ago

To my kids, community, church members, colleagues - ALL my family, Words cannot express my gratitude for your thoughts, words of encouragement and expressions of love. There is a song that says, "give me my flowers so I can see them. Speak kind words to me, so I can hear them." This song resonates with me after looking and reading the various messages. Many times in life, we work, execute activities and try to be there for everyone else and not realize the impact that we make on the lives of others. My thought has always been, "If i can reach one along this journey, then my living will not be in vein." I am grateful and thankful for each of you being a vital part of my life and because of each of you, positive relationships have been built and that's what life is about. Community + Church + School = POSITIVE RESULTS. I speak God's blessings upon each of you and ask God to enlarge your territory and bring our community closer. Once again thank you for taking time to post your comments. Love all of you!!!!!!!!!!

emely Posted over a year ago

who is Leo Vaughn.? well far from where i know he is an amazing teacher great spirit always in a really good mood and if ever see him frown just know he brings that frown upside down always.He always cheers me up even when my day is bad he makes it better and I forget what I was sad or mad about he such and amazing teacher that when i had a project an I had an idea to do it an have him involve. what my project is about "saving the puppy's what originally a mini version of auditorium and all the things it has in it. This project meant a lot to him since the beginning that he saw it, and he also felt in love like no other one. the reason why i created this is because how caring and loving he is. he such an inspiration.

Christian Spears Posted over a year ago

Congratulations Leo definitely deserves this!! He is the best teacher I've ever known

Antonia ponce Posted over a year ago

Mr.vaughan’s is one of the most amazing and positive teachers I have ever meet. He is funny, loving, and energetic. He puts a smile everyone’s face.

Cody S Posted over a year ago

I had Mr. Vaughns as my 6th Grade Music teacher in 1995. I remembered looking forward to his class each day. To this day I remember the class begging him to play the Peanuts theme song on the piano. I had so many good teachers throughout my school years but Mr. Vaughns was one of the best!

Christian Mier-Garcia Posted over a year ago

Hey Me Vaughn’s. Hope all is well. :)

Blair Madkin Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughn was the best music teacher I ever had he push us to do our best while making it fun he’s the reason why I love music as much as I do not only is he an amazing music teacher he’s an amazing person all together he makes all his students better people

Mary Rogers-Alston Posted over a year ago

He is a wonderful teacher!!

Cary Rogers Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaugns was the greatest teacher ever!! Super positive role model for everyone.

AnTia Andrews Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughns was the wildcat of Kirkpatrick!!! He was the best. I appreciate the time he took to spend time with his students. He helped us stay out of trouble. He saw the good in everyone

Anai Roman Posted over a year ago

Mr.vaughns was the realest teacher, he always put his students before anything. He would come in early or stay late just to help his students. He was always in a cheerful mood and always made sure all his students were taken care of. He was a counselor to some students, he’d listen to everyone’s problems and give his honest advice. He was the best teacher I had, He is an amazing person with a big heart. I’m glad I got to have him as a teacher. MR.VAUGHNS KEEP DOING WHAT YOU’RE DOING! YOU ROCK!

Oscar Salazar Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughns was one of those teachers that it’s a pleasure to meet. He took me under his wing as soon as I met him in the seventh grade and has helped me and guided me ever since. Even after I went on to high school, I could always count on him for guidance. I’ve been out of school for a while and he still takes the time to check up on me. He’s like a father figure and his been like that for most of us specially the guys. Some one we can count on to be there for a good advise.

Erick Posted over a year ago

Mr. VAUGHNS was a great teacher for me in Kirkpatrick middle school, but not only that he was an outstanding friend. He let me be who I am and motivated me to play piano. He opened doors for me that I didn’t know could be opened. He changed me spiritually and if it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t be proud and confident of being myself today. Or have the guts to persue whatever I want to do.

Alondra Mauricio Posted over a year ago

I can say so many things about Mr.Vaughns he is one of the greatest teachers I have ever met. Great singer always soo happy and he always so friendly and loving to everyone ! So much love and respect for Mr.Vaughns! He love doing what he does which is being a good teacher , singer and person !

Vanessa Gallardo Posted over a year ago

There is so much i can say about Mr Vaughn's, i never got lucky to actually have him for a class but i did have him as a tutor and in all of our English and writing camps and every time i loved it he makes learning so fun and actually get you in to learning and he also seemed to always have alot of patience when i know sometimes he just wanted to rip his hair out but just know Mr Vaughns that all your hard work has been notice and you have been a part of making a lot of successful adults.

Rafael Carbajal Posted over a year ago

I’m going to keep short and to the point because if I don’t I would be here for ever. Mr.Vaughns has had an huge impact in my life when I was a student at Kirkpatrick Middle School back in 2011-2014. As soon as I stepped on campus I made my presents known, as an athlete, leader, likes to talk to a lot of girls, loves to push the limits of teachers, trouble maker, joker in class,etc. I would be an 6th grade and walked to the 8th grade like I own the school and Mr.Vaughns was the first one to yell at me. From that day on Mr.Vaughns has made an impact in my life, by having someone to ask questions, getting goof grades in his class, advice , you name it. He always saw the potential I had as athlete, student, and I great man I would be one day. I just want to say thank you Mr.Vaughns for everything you have done for me.

Madeline C Brown Posted over a year ago

A giving and caring person, who put his heart and soul into every task big or small. Leo gives his best and has such a great joy and love in helping others, does it so passionately.

hilario serrano Posted over a year ago

he is such an amazing student best I've had

Brenda Cruz Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughns ( the king ) is the best teacher,Mr Vaughns is an amazing and funny person. He is always happy or tries to stay happy even tho something is wrong you know how? He is always helping people out n everything. He always cheers people up with his singing and he is just the Best. The king deserves it!!!

Citlaly C Posted over a year ago

Mr.Vaughns is an amazing loving person he is always here for all of us whenever we need to talk. He calls us all his sons and daughters. I alway look forward to coming to his class always wondering what hes gonna do today. whether its using his love of music to teach us something or if its him simply teaching us something that would be boring if any other teacher taught it. Mr.Vaughns makes simple lessons so much fun and full of giggles especially when he burst out singing but other days the class bonds through sad stories and tears because when Mr.vaughns cries well we cry well at least i do but never as much as the king whos a big crybaby but never tell him that . But if anything Mr.Vaughns has the biggest heart ever and everyone here at kirkpatrick loves him

WendyMauricio Posted over a year ago

Mr.Vaughns is someone great someone who cares. Hes my favorite teacher makes English 1 fun. I like going to his class

Jaylen Posted over a year ago

Mr.Vaughns has changed a lot of people´s lives,he´s one of the reasons I go to school,without Mr.Vaughns KMS wouldn´t be KMS.He changes people´s lives we all love him.He helps everyone and is so nice to everyone,he should run for president to get Trump out frfr.

Janet Maldonado Posted over a year ago

Mr.Vaughns is one of the BEST Teachers at Kirkpatrick Middle School , Amazing person with a great heart . I was definitely Blessed to have a teacher like him .

Jocelynn Deleon Posted over a year ago

He is an amazing teacher, he has encouraged me and many other people to persuade their dreams. He has even helped me with my dream to publish my writing. He's very inspirational and always helps us out.

jade rivas Posted over a year ago

he's a very good teacher and he should keep up his work

zoemi diaz Posted over a year ago

this teacher was good teacher he helps people when kids are in rough times he is there when you need him. always think that when you need anything well go to him, we he will give you advised on anything you need.

Maria A Perez Posted over a year ago

Three years ago, my two kids and I moved to Fort Worth. I moved to Fort Worth leaving my immediate family 8 hours behind. . My Lord placed me in Kirkpatrick Middle School. He sure knew what he had planned for me. I was very fortunate because I met Mr. Vaughns, he welcomed me to Kirkpatrick Middle. He helped me navigate through hardships and shed light so that I could clearly see beyond my hardships. He was my rock when most needed. Mr. Vaughn made me feel like Kirkpatrick family. I will forever be grateful to him.Therefore, Mr. Vaughn and all Kirkpatrick family will always hold a special place in my heart. He is an awesome singer and piano player. As a former colleague, I was alawys amazed of how highly all students spoke of him. He is very well loved by students and all colleagues.

Edmond Harris Posted over a year ago

It's so much I can say about Mr Vaughan.. he was my music teacher about 25 years ago he was a great teacher a great mentor he always interact with the students I know it probably got on his nerves a lot but still hung in there with us and he always used to come and get me and make sure I go to church every Sunday what else can I say he just flat-out great all-around man of God and he still at the old Kirkpatrick still looking out for the children of the neighborhood thank you Mr. Leo Vaughns. Much love and respect to you always

Efren Gasca Posted over a year ago

Well dis man helped me true alot he wood alweys be ther wen i needed him he is a fathet figure to me he wood alweys help me still till dis day he wood help he was whit me and heled me in school and in life

Mercedes Mayfield Posted over a year ago

Mr.Vaughns was one of the BEST Teachers at KMS , Amazing person with a great heart . I was definitely Blessed to have a teacher like him .

Sisly avila Posted over a year ago

I am a 9th grader now but I had mr.vaughns for eight grade. I gotta say that was the only class I was looking forward throughout the day. He is the most kind, funny, crazy, outgoing, understandable person. Till this day I know I can count on him if I ever need anything. Eight grade was an amazing year. If I could go back to my eight grade year I would and it would only be because of him. My mom had him when she was younger and she still talks about him till this day and how amazing he was and still is. He will forever be the best teacher I ever had

Jacob Cruz Posted over a year ago

I used to hate school and now I like coming because of Mr.VAughns he is an awemazing funny teacher people say you cant say that about many teachers everyone says teachers are mean or boring but not Mr.Vaughns so he one of my favorite teachers and he also had my brother when he was here

christian cantu Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughn's is the best teacher and he is such a big inspiration to me. He is really loving and caring to everyone. We even dressed up as reindeer together on Christmas it was so fun. I am so blessed to have such an amazing teacher

mireyah anguiano Posted over a year ago

Mr.vaughns is an amazing teacher and makes learning so much fun not only is he such a fun and enjoyable teacher for me but it is really incredible how he was also my families teacher as well like my uncles and brothers and even my mom and they always tell me how much fun and cool he is and he honestly really is one of my best teachers.

Janet.W Posted over a year ago

Mr.Vaughs is basically the best teacher at Kirkpatrick Middle he is a funny, energetic, and talented person. I may not have known him for that long but I can tell that he is a great teacher and loves his job.

Reyes Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughn is one of the strongest people i know. He had a ruff childhood and lived whit bad people. He lost many of his loved ones and he learned a lot from them he confronted all that and now he is the man he is today. He teaches us reading and new skills. And he just honestly the best

ibarra Posted over a year ago

the king is the best teacher ive ever had, he is one of the most relaxed, easy to get along with him. my brother used to have him when he was young, my brother always came home and told us amazing stories about what he has learned in his class. thank you vaughns for being the coolest teacher EVER.

Natalie Posted over a year ago

On of the best teachers, he gives us life leasons that we can all recall later in life and look back to when we need advice and help.

miguel sanchez Posted over a year ago

hes a good teacher always gives qoutes about life or challenges he is very funny

josue salgado Posted over a year ago

Mr Vaughn is my English teacher he cool nice and funny, and knows how to teach.He always says be nice be kind be gentle if anyone in class is arguing and think its funny

Michael Heick Posted over a year ago

Anyone touched by Leo Vaughns has been inspired to help others. I had the privilege of teaching with him at KMS fot 6 years. He taught me to care, forgive, and work with everyone. He inspired me to do great things for our students and the community. Leo is modest and will not tell you how many lives he has changed. Everyone that knows, works with, and worships with are better off because of him.

Valente Posted over a year ago

He is the best and a living legend

Alberto Arceneaux Vasquez Posted over a year ago

Oh man. Where do i begin. I claim this man, Leo Vaughns as a true legend and a person with a beautiful, good soul. I had met him through 8th grade as i had walked in for English 1 everyday. I thank you for bringing those high spirits and laughs everyday in the morning. Every event that had taken place, football game, service event, school event for Kirkpatrick, you are/have/will always be the hugest supporter. You’ve changed many young lives that you’ve come across for the better. Thank you again for bringing high hopes and spirits into my life, making my life better as i’ve formed into who i am today. Keep changing lives, Vaughns. You’re a legend.

Silvina Castillo Posted over a year ago

There’s so much I want and could say about Mr. Vaughns. He was and still is one of the most amazing teachers ever!! Not only is he an amazing teacher, but just an amazing human being. Mr. Vaughns has changed my life in so many ways he couldn’t possibly imagine, and I have so much to be grateful for when it comes to him. He was always there pushing me and the rest of his students to strive for only the best. He taught me how to overcome adversity and overcome things that I thought would for sure break me. He has continued to be in my life throughout the years always checking in on my brothers and I, whether through text, social media, or snail mail. Yes, he still uses snail mail. Haha. It is truly a blessing to have a person such as Mr. Vaughns in my life and while I’m sure there are other candidates just as qualified, I still believe that he’s is the most deserving for such award. We love you Mr. Vaughns and thank you so much for always making sure that we, your kids, always felt the love and genuine care behind everything you ever did for us and continue to do for the children and anyone else that crosses your path.

Pedro Dominguez Posted over a year ago

Me.Vaughns was not my English teacher in 8th grade, but always had his door open for me and others if we needed help or if we needed a place to just kickback and sing. He loves signing, smiling and most important helping others! Great teacher and I wish him the best for many years to come!

Genesis Gaucin Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughns has left an incredible impact on the lives a many! You wouldn’t believe but I have older friends and younger siblings who have all been impacted by this man! He’s a positive leader to the children that surround him!

Dietrich Williams Posted over a year ago

Down to earth and respectful person and always willing to give a helping hand

Mr. & Mrs. Page Posted over a year ago

We are overwhelmed with gratitude for the support, encouragement, love and kindness that Reverend Vaughns contributed to our special day and the beginning of our new lives together, when he wedded us on July 14, 2018, in what was his first officiating of a wedding ceremony. We are greatfull that we were able to make these memories together and look forward to experiencing many more as he continues to enrich our lives as both a minister and a friend.

Johnny Brown Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughns helped mold me into the person I am today. As an English teacher, he instilled a love for literature I hadn’t had before, but through music, I learned to express myself outwardly. Being a shy kid in a new neighborhood, I didn’t have any friends. Leo accidentally stumbled upon me singing and I ended up in his honor choir. The memories of me being the youngest dude in the choir singing alto with the upperclassmen are some of my fondest. The thing is, everyone Leo interacts with has a story as to when he met them where they were and inspired them to want to be better. I never thought I’d be traveling the globe singing for Popes and on the biggest opera stages abroad, but if it weren’t for Leo, I wouldn’t have known I even possessed a gift. No one is more deserving of this award than he.

Rosa Posted over a year ago

MR Vaughn’s , is a great teacher, all 5 of my 6 children been in Kirkpatrick MS in his class, and all I can say he is amazing!! He gives many lessons not just about school but also about life

Julian Anguiano Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughns is the best person around! He is a fun, loving, and caring teacher. He has impacted this school and it’s students more than anyone ever could.

Bernie Paredes Posted over a year ago

Extraordinary individual.

Johamna Hernandez Posted over a year ago

Leo’s energy is contagious! He always finds a way to put a smile on everyone’s face. No matter what he’s going through he always shows up like a ray of sunshine ready to brighten everyone’s day. Thank you, Leo, for always being so positive, energetic, and purple!!! :)

Jorge Loyola Posted over a year ago

One of the best teachers I ever had. Learned a lot from him and grateful I was able to be one of his students. One of those people who make an impact in your life that you will never forget. A great man

Melissa Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughns is the best!!!

Jayme Thomas Posted over a year ago

Leo is an amazing educator and leader! Working with him in Leadership ISD has showed me that he has a passionate and infectious energy that makes anyone around him want to get involved and do more for kids. He is more than deserving of this honor.

Vanessa Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughns, where to begin. I have had the pleasure of learning from Mr. Vaughns as a teacher, a mentor, and a co-worker. Through the years Mr. Vaughns has never failed to inspire me and those around him, including my 6 year old daughter. His charisma is just naturally contagious and when you have been caught in positive vibes there is no turning back from there! Mr. Vaughns, thank you for everything that you are and for blessing us all as you go through your journey to success. You are more than deserving of this award!

Russell Livingston Posted over a year ago

I have known Mr. Vaughns over 20 years. When I first met him, he had an infectious smile that radiated throughout the room. His personality was one that made people gravitate towards him. But, the most important aspect is that he has not changed. Mr. Vaughns was our church musician. I had NEVER sung a solo. He kept telling me I could do it. He worked with me and I conquered a lifelong fear of singing OUTSIDE the shower. He is truly a life changer.

Cheyanne Harris Posted over a year ago

There's never enough words I can use to describe the love of and compassion of Mr. Vaughns. Middle school was quite hard for me as it is amongst other people, between trying to blend in the the crowds and also trying to determine your individuality. In Middle school I honestly didn't stand out I often was outshaddowed by others and left behind a lil bit. But Mr. Vaughns had changed my life, he saw me, he saw my potential and he brought it out of me. He never left anyone behind. For him, I found myself wanting to go to school, wanting to be somebody. This man deserves everything, if it wasn't for him I wouldn't be this successful independent woman I am today. It was his encouragement that brought our passion for learning and showing each of us had potential.

Christopher Campbell Posted over a year ago

Mr. Leo Vaughns, every child deserves an advocate - a teacher that will be persistent in communicating to that child to be the best that they can possibly be. Every child deserves a teacher that will teach them how to think, not what to think. Every child deserves a teacher that will guide them in the right direction. That teacher is you, Mr. Vaughns. There are not enough words in the dictionary to describe what an astonishing teacher you are. You are a true leader that leads by example! As I was writing this, I thought of a quote that sums up what a truly inspirational teacher you are by William Ward: “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” Mr. Vaughns, I would like to express my sincerest gratitude for everything that you have taught me not only in the education system but in life. Congratulations on being the LifeChanger of the Year!

Gloria Menchaca Posted over a year ago

Leo is an inspiration to all educators who meet, and know him. Leo’s energy is contagious to his students, staff he works with, and anyone he encounters. He is what our North Side community students need!! Leo is alway giving students positive advice, and constant encouragement! He IS each student’s BIGGEST FAN. Former students have given Leo credit to many of their successes. Our community is better, because of Leo Vaughns.

Cassandra Rivera Posted over a year ago

Pops! You absolutely deserve this. You flipped my world upside down and helped spark the passion I have for music. I can't thank you enough for all you did for me. God bless you!

Monica Claypool Posted over a year ago

Amazing mentor to his students! I am so blessed to know him!

Lisa Hines Posted over a year ago

Leo Vaughn Jr. is a true Life Changer. Through his gift of music,his love for His Family, and His Kirkpatrick Community you couldn't find a Bigger Heart.? I don't know if he even knows his impact on his Family. Through Sorrows and Good times Leo gets Us through them all. If We (Family) never said it before Thank You for continuing to Change Our Lives. ????

Shelly Wu Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughns is an excellent educator and community activist in the Fort Worth community. Over 20+ years, he remains highly involved with ensuring his students have the supports that they need to be personally and academically successful, fostering a sense of home at the school and building positive relationships. Mr. Vaughns has also extended his work beyond Kirkpatrick into the greater community through his work with Leadership ISD to reduce racial disparities and improve educational outcomes for all Fort Worth ISD students. He is a rarely exceptional educator who is passionate about ensuring a brighter future for our students!

Kellye Posted over a year ago

Leo is an inspiration to everyone he encounters! He is the most positive and uplifting person I know! His kids and Kirkpatrick Middle School are so lucky to have him! He is the definition of relationship builder!

D.M. Goodman Posted over a year ago

I met Leo Vaughns at a community event where he was working hard to support us students and better the environment they learn in daily. Since that day I’ve seen just how often and far his community engagement goes and that the ripple effect is one that all benefit from. His spirit and genuine encouragement are infectious and I’m constantly a witness of how he uses it to motivate others. Leo Vaughns is a life changer everyday and in every way, and I can think of no other person more deserving of this honor.

Quanda McIntosh Collins Posted over a year ago

Leo is so dedicated and loyal to the children of Fort Worth. Our city is blessed to have him!

johnny harris Posted over a year ago

Leo Vaughan Jr is one of the most special people that I have ever met. He is my first cousin and he has always been destined to succeed in life. He has the love of God in his heart, and it's always been there since we were small toddlers. He's always been a joy to all that he encounters as well as always willing to help wherever there's a need. He's a very very very special person and I know that he deserves all the recommendation for his Goodwill toward mankind.

Dariella Solis-Kolb Posted over a year ago

When I think about my childhood and school years the first person that comes to mind is Mr. Leo Vaughns. He was my choir mentor, gave me the courage to come out of my shell. He made a mark in my life that I will forever cherish. Because of him I became a choir teacher at church. Once I took my choir to a nursing home to sing to the residents and I was not surprised to see him there! We joined forces and my choir sanged while he accompanied us with his beautiful skills on the piano. He's the type of person that brightens your day; literally on a cloudy day. He's an inspiration, a motivator, an enthusiastic human being and the kindest person imaginable. He's love for his work and the Lord is seen in his day to day filled with Grace. I'm honored to have been his student and still be able to connect with him through the years. We love you Mr. Vaughns!

Whitnee Willrich Posted over a year ago

Leo Vaughns is an extraordinary educator, who goes above and beyond to ensure the students and community needs are met. He is an example of someone that is living in their purpose.

Angela Smoot Posted over a year ago

Mr. Leo Vaughn is a Awesome man of God whom I met at church and he really will leave a impact on your life with great memories. We laugh and cry how good God has been to us. Leo, you deserve what God has in store for you. I quietly sit back and watch how you have such a impact on so many youth. When I mention your name there's not a person that doesn't know you. All glory to God for He is during in you and through you.

Twila Lee Posted over a year ago

I’m so happy for you Leo! Leo you are by far one of the best people I’ve ever known! Your love for others is remarkable! Congratulations on being the Life Changer of the year! You surely deserve it! May God continue to Bless you abundantly as you continue to change the lives of others??

Penny Mendez Posted over a year ago

I thank God every day that he brought Leo into my life and gave me a "Bonus Son". Leo is an amazing human being and continues to grow every single day. So happy that he is finally being recognized for the incredible educator and person that he is. What you see is what you get!!!!

Edwin Carranza Posted over a year ago

Mr Vaughn is a cool teacher with alot of history in our community. He is currently teaching my son and I could not think of a better teacher.

Crystal montoya Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughn’s is the voice of kms! He brings a smile & joy to anyone he comes in contact with. You are an inspiration to all of us! Congrats on being nominated it’s definitely an award you deserve!

Valentina Camarillo Posted over a year ago

Mr Vaughns, there arent enough words to describe just how wonderful he is. So caring and just a joy to be around and be taught by. The world needs more "Mr Vaughns" spreading his heavenly voice, infectious smile, and always positive messages.

Tressa McWilliams Posted over a year ago

Mr Vaughns is far beyond deserving of the life changer of the year award. He is an excellent man of God, an awesome educator and a beacon of light to friends family and all who have been blessed know him. He is a magnificent example for youth and people everywhere! Congratulations in advance Mr. Vaughns on being the life changer of the year, it is more than deserved!

Ramon Gutierrez Posted over a year ago

As a smart, but troubled Mexican American teenager. Growing up in a crime infested community, was tough. I wanted to be the cool kid so bad, i hung out with other teens who were gang affiliated. Often sold drugs to be part of the crew. Mr. Vaughns among other KMS teachers helped guide me towards the right direction. I remember early in the morning, him singing over the intercom, songs full of positive energy, reading out promising quotes. "Make it a great day or not, the choice is yours" Mr. Vaughn smile and laughter was louder than the voice that wanted me to belong to the wrong crowd. I want to thank you Mr. Vaughns. Because of influences like yourself, people like you who believed in me, i am now part of successful company where i am able to pass along the same message. Thank you!

Brittany Howard Posted over a year ago

A true educator! More than that! Mr. Vaughn’s is a legacy in our family, he is apart of my big families childhood! We love him sooooo very much! So thankful for being who is for every kid, student or mentee ??????

Valentina Camarillo Posted over a year ago

Mr Vaughns, there arent enough words to describe just how wonderful he is. So caring and just a joy to be around and be taught by. The world needs more "Mr Vaughns" spreading his heavenly voice, infectious smile, and always positive messages.

Jesse Priest Posted over a year ago

He was one of the best teachers I had in middle school! He would always push us to try harder and made it fun along the way!

Vanessa Mena Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughn’s was my choir teacher at KMS when I was in 6th grade back in 1997. He was a great inspiration and was the first teacher to actually share his love for music. I will never forget one of our first songs he taught us “Lean on me” and “We are the World”. To this day I share them with my kids and tell him how wonderful my choir teacher was. He had a major influence on my and my fellow peers. Singing in his class made you happy and excited at the same time. We need more teachers like him!!

Erick Cordova Posted over a year ago

Way to go Mr Vaughn’s! ... Life Changer indeed.

Darlene Ford Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughn is one of the most dedicated, committed teachers, I know to the entire faculty, student body and FWISD district. He puts his heart and soul into being a teacher of excellence by serving the students academically, physically and emotionally. His love and caring personality motivates, inspire and empowers his students to be successful and become the best. In addition his service reaches beyond the school into community outreach, supporting the needs of parents and students. In summary, Mr. Vaughn exemplifies the essence of what a highly qualified teacher does by adding the extra to the ordinary.

Gerald Hendrix Posted over a year ago

Leo is an awesome man of God. He helped me to stand in front of people that I didn't know and not be afraid to give God all the glory and honor that He deserves. I'm actually still mad at him for eating all the banana pudding over four years ago.. Lol

Alba Vargas Posted over a year ago

Me. Vaughns is very well deserving of this award and many more. He has always been and inspiring and amazing teacher and role model. The best teacher I had in my school years. He has such compassion and love for everyone, that just makes you feel like family. Always going above and beyond for his students, being there for them as a mentor and friend. Colossians 3:23

Malik Williams Posted over a year ago

Mr.Vaughns is such a gem. For starters I attended Kirkpatrick middle school back in 2008-2011. I dealt with bullying , low self-esteem you name it . He helped me find my voice. He is such a father figure to every student who crosses his path. He makes sure you’re taken care of and are doing your best at all times. He’s part of the reason why I do what I do now. I go to school for education and music. I would love to incorporate both in a learning environment just like he did. Without music , I don’t know where my life would be . I would like to thank Mr.Vaughns for helping me find my calling and never giving up on me.

Sir’maj Williams Posted over a year ago

Hands down best teacher for academics and overall nurturing the students he genuinely cares for your well being and is serious about educating you.

David Guerrero Posted over a year ago

Mr.Vaughns was my 8th grade teacher in KMS, he was a person who was very caring and very lovable to his students. He did the best he could of done to help his students succeed and pass his class, I always saw him as a bigger brother who was there for you when you were down or just upset. He put so much effort in making class as enjoyable as possible and he did so by just being himself, till this day I thank him for putting me on track in school and helping me be a better person. Seeing his faith with god and seeing how god works with him motivated me to get my act together with god, Leo has always been in my thoughts and prayers, though it’s been years since I attended his class we still keep in touch and catch up with eachother, thank you Leo for being the person you are, you are a role model to many and you continue to be. ????

Marisol Zabala Posted over a year ago

He is a great inspiring person all the way around. He has a lot of patience with everyone and everything. He was one of my music teachers in middle and boy did I love his class. This award could not be given to a more better person than him.

ANDREA SANDERS-Copeland Posted over a year ago

Mr. Leo Vaughn has been an asset to the school as well as the community. He has been a blessing to so many children he came to Kirkpatrick Middle School 30 years ago and enlightened so many of us with his gift of music. He formed the Famous Kirkpatrick Show Chior that was not just entertainment it was a uplifting experience and a much needed outlet for many of us. As children we would spend our time after school at a practice that would turn in to a Praise and Worship session. Being an adult and looking back on everything I thank God for Mr. Leo Vaughn for the impact and sacrifice that he made for each and every child that he encountered. He deserves all God has for him and much more. Every school would be blessed to have a Great Mr. Leo Vaughn!!

Edward Sanchez Posted over a year ago

Thank you for being genuine. Thank you for seeing me as a partner in learning and sharing. Thank you for being you. Thank you for being one of the few great teachers out there. May you inspire others to achieve the greatness you have.

Cynthia Hastu Posted over a year ago

Having a Cousin you really look up to.Leo who’ll always support you no matter the time and distance.Having a Cousin also means having someone who can give you a solid advice when it comes to life.Leo as demonstrated confidence and leadership in the classroom we love you

Keevy Phillips Posted over a year ago

Mr. Leo Vaughn’s has proven to be a man the loves God, family, students/faculty, and country. He believes on the power of hope and empowering his students to be nothing short of greatness! Mr. Vaughns has a great reputation not only in education but also among his brothers and sisters of the Church. Sunday after Sunday he devote his time to minister through song and through preaching the word. I could not think of any person more deserving!

Bobby Kiker Posted over a year ago

I met Mr Vaughn while during some electrical work at his home. That was somewhere in the vicinity of 10 years ago. Mr Vaughn made an impression upon me as a great man and friend. A rock and man of God. I believe that God used that service call as a way to forge a friendship with someone whom will always,be called, my brother, my.friend. Thank you for being a blessing to all the kids and people. Keep doing Gods will my brother. BK

Fanny Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughn is an excellent educator! I had the opportunity to work with him at a summer camp, and his energy, positivity, kindness, and inclusivity was and is infectious!! I can see why he is so loved not just by his students but staff and community! He is an incredible asset to FWISD, I follow his career, he is an inspiration to me and so many others!

Lynn Harris Posted over a year ago

Mr. Leo Vaughns is not only a wonderful person but a committed servant to his family, students, church and community. He has a BIG heart and it's open to all. He's relentless in advancing his personal education for the purpose of offering the very best knowledge and information to his students. The impact he's made on students over the years is remarkable. He continues to be one of the greatest educators and deserves to be honored.

Christian Perez Posted over a year ago

Congratulations Leo Vaugns Im so happy that you got the auditorium named after you, continue the good work sir

Heidy Top Posted over a year ago

I honestly thank God for poppa V sometimes because he inspired me to think positive and outside the box by beginning our class with life lesson quotes, if it wasn’t for our class discussions about the real world. I would have probably token the wrong path, he’s the best!

Conrado Gonzalez Posted over a year ago

Love you mr Vaughn, you really were an inspiring teacher, before i went to kp i was always known as the trouble maker but others at kp saw that I wasn't an saw different.

Shamekia N Battie Posted over a year ago

I entered Kirkpatrick Middle School in the fall of 1990 as a 6th grade student. I didn't meet Mr. Vaughns until my 7th grade year when he became our choir teacher. He made class fun and was always available to listen if you needed him. He was always attending extracurricular activities that had nothing to do with choir. He wanted us to know that he supported us in other aspects of our lives. Over the years I have had nephews, nieces, and cousins go through Kirkpatrick and as soon as he knew they were kin to me he looked out for them. Now don't misunderstand me, he was not a pushover at all. He could get you straight with his words then encourage you to do better. He believed in us and that made us believe in ourselves. My neighborhood was really rough and infested with gang violence at that time.Today I am a proud parent of a 7th grader at Kirkpatrick. Mr. Vaughns found out last year that my son was in attendance there and he has been there for him the same way he was there for me 28 years ago. My son can go to him with his problems for advice and that means a lot to me as a single parent. Mr. Vaughns has never changed and I'm sure he never will. He deserves the title and he embodies the true definition of being MR. KIRKPATRICK!!! Thank you for all you have done, are doing, and will do for the students, staff, and community. WE LOVE YOU!!!

Luis Posted over a year ago

Mr.Vaughns has been a great influence in my life while I was at KP middle school always taught me and everyone else to keep a positive attitude about everything and never let anything bring you down from reaching your goals. He’s always looking out for everyone and making sure that your okay and try’s to help with anything he can . I couldn’t thank him enough for getting me thru middle school and he guidance on how to get throw high school .

Alicia Booker Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughns was one of the best mentors life had to offer as a young teen in middle school. His leadership is unmatched as well as the love he pours into his students. He created an enviorment where everyone is comfortable and able to be themselves! Mr. Vaughns is the epitome of selfless! I appreciate everything he instilled in me. Frol the songs he created to the lessons he taught! In the classroom and outside the classroom his light shines bright! ?

Lotosha Perry Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughn's was definitely born with a calling on his life to serve people! He doesn't meet a stranger and he has a very big heart! I've known him for over 20 years and he always leads by example. I couldn't think of a better person that is more deserving of this award and many awards to come.

Abraham Posted over a year ago

Not only is Mr.Vaughns an outstanding teacher but an all around great person that really cares about his students and his community, I (and so was every student) blessed to have him as a teacher when I attended Kirkpatrick, he is a great mentor and leader, I learned so much from him and I hope he does a positive change on everyone else’s life like he did mine, thank you you are greatly appreciated, Blessings!

Bonnie Posted over a year ago

I am so proud of you may God continue to shine that light in you that everyone loves.you are setting a very good example for the young people thank you so much

Leo Vaughns jr Posted over a year ago

Wow! The words of a gospel songs states “give me my flowers, while I can see them. Speak kind words, while I can hear them!” I thank all of my kids, relatives, family and members in the community for your flowers and kind words. My motto has always been, if I can reach one, then my living will not be in vain! For your words, thoughts and encouragement... I thank and love all of you!

Abraham Posted over a year ago

Not only is Mr.Vaughns an outstanding teacher but an all around great person that really cares about his students and his community, I (and so was every student) blessed to have him as a teacher when I attended Kirkpatrick, he is a great mentor and leader, I learned so much from him and I hope he does a positive change on everyone else’s life like he did mine, thank you you are greatly appreciated, Blessings!

Walter Culberson Posted over a year ago

So much that can be said about this young man. I just say when a goal is set he makes sure its achieved. A true role model!!!!

Yasmin Delgado Posted over a year ago

I love Mr. Vaughns, I was in his class back in the says I believe in 2002. Anyways he has always was so positive and outgoing with an amazing soul. till this day he is always saying hello and asking how are his kids doing on social media. He deserves all this plus more. We love you

Mauricio Terrazas Posted over a year ago

Pops .real mvp you impact an help many of us who struggle to get thru school .but you had hope an faith for each an one of us an never gave up.now we adults looking back an been thankful for having someone who BELIEVED in us .Thanks you very much sincerely. Mauricio Terrazas

Angel Posted over a year ago

Mr.Vaughns has been one of the best teachers that I’ve ever had in all the years I’ve been in school. He’s the nicest teacher in the middle school that I’d actually go back and visit. He really cares about his students as if they were his own.

Ivan Macias Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughns will always be my favorite teacher. Always made our classroom fun and interesting. You sir, you are definitely one of a kind.

Emilio Martinez Posted over a year ago

I remember mr.Vaughn's being being my favorite teacher at Kirkpatrick middle school and making school exciting

Janette McKenzie Posted over a year ago

Mr.Leo Vaughns Jr.greatness of ministry reaches far beyond the Dallas/Fort Worth communities,this wonderful Man of God routinely comes back to his roots where it begins to La Grange Texas in Fayette County where he gives back with Love,Patience,and Kindness which much recognition is to him for the Renovation of The Bethlehem A.M.E.Church his compassion and encouraging spirit kept the members and motivated to complete a great challenge of Repairing the Church with Musical Fund Raisers etc. And for this the Community of La Grange Texas is greatful and appreciate all Mr.Vaughns has done for many,,many,many years.

Reneisha Posted over a year ago

He is AMAZING!!!!

Isidro “Chido” Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughns is the true definition of inspiration and dedication ! I was the 3rd one of my siblings honored enough to have him not only as a music teacher but a mentor. He went above and beyond for his students and his community!! One of the main reasons I’m proud to say I’ll always be a Wildcat!! “..Thy walls of learning , filled with dignity..” He gave his heart to KMS and it shows with all the feed back from every Wildcat out there!! True man of God. I thank you !

ALYCE Ruth ROUWTT Posted over a year ago

I have soo many memories of mr.Leo...he use too play organ for my church..and he was always bubbly and ready too get going..I live in Dallas but I would come every Sunday and bring 3 more cars with me..ready too bed feed with the word and listen too him and the choir..many chairs got broke up in church....last year he texted me and invited me to his musical..brought back a lot of good memories...Now he is teaching I know his students just Love him...Mr Leo is a man of God and have a special talent...keep working for GOD....be blessed

Willie Montoya Posted over a year ago

A truly great and inspirational human being with lots of positive energy! the things I’ve learned from him go well beyond his music class, that I use in my adulthood and tell my kids about Congrats on being nominated Mr. Vaughn’s best of luck to you!

Joel Rockmore Posted over a year ago

As a kid, I’ve always appreciated having a great role model around me. Showing me the right tools to be a Great student and utilizing those tools in the society. Mr. Vaughn’s has been the heart and soul to the Fwisd and Kirkpatrick middle school. Without his acts of kindness and passion, the light would be dim. Due to his character and gifts, I will forever be grateful and proud to be a wildcat!

Lisa McCann Posted over a year ago

What is a LifeChanger? I know my definition is an person that has the ability to change most of the people whom they come in contact with. Have you ever went to depth heights or above what you thought you were capability of doing? Well, I know I have and I have seen the impact on others. That is what Mr. Vaughns do to anyone who have the privilege to come in contact with him. Without you knowingly, you will be move obstacles and exceeding to heights that you never knew was possible. It is true. That is what happens when he is presented. I have witnessed him make homemade roller coasters(yes the ability to make it go up down and curb), creating thunder, orchestratie an choir with the neighborhood kids (that included me) all in the backyard. We would sing, have a revival, even have musicals. Yes, he has been grounded and rooted in THE WORD since a child. We were able to experience the real thing (before Virtual came out). By the hands and creative mind of 1 individual., a little humble boy that saw greatness in others, milk carton, a box or whatever he had access to. His vision shined brighter then stars, he definitely made lemonades with lemons. He could take the smallest idea and built it until it was bigger than what we could even imagine. He is the result of blessed and highly favored. He talented in so many areas. Mr.Vaughn is one in an million.

Linconia Orise Posted over a year ago

Leo is the true meaning of a godly man! He is a caring, kind , and compassionate individual. Leo supports any and everyone, He is dedicated in all that he do.He is truly one of a kind!

Christian zuniga Posted over a year ago

Me. Leo Vaughn’s is a great inspiration to all his students loved going to his class can connect with him as another dad so caring keep achieving greatness love you pops!

Byron Haynes Posted over a year ago

I was pleased to be part of this event, humbled to be invited to speak about our experiences attending KP and truly honored to be Master of Ceremony. A well-deserved honor for a fantastic teacher who continues to play a valuable role in student’s lives. Congrats Mr. Vaughns!

Andre Posted over a year ago

He’s an amazing person who has a great heart. He inspired me since a kid at Kirkpatrick to make a difference in life and impact peoples life with positivity. He’s really a stand up guy who wants the best for everyone and it’s rare to find people like that. So if you know him like I do then I know he has left you with great memories

Abraham Delgado Posted over a year ago

This man goes hard when it comes to being a role model for his kids. Where do i begin?! I was truly inspired when i would go to his class. I ended up singing in a church choir in front of hundreds of people and i couldn't have done it without the confidence he instilled in me as a kid in seventh grade. There are few people that left such an impression on me as mr. Vaughn. He's a great man!!

Manuel Posted over a year ago

I have so many memories in Kirkpatrick Middle School; School dances, staying after school to watch the volleyball games and in every school event Mr.Vaughns was their cheering and showing his wildcat spirit.He wasn’t just a teacher but also a role model to his student’s. Teaching and showing them they can do better. Thank you for everything Mr.Vaughns

Crystal Perez Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughn’s definitely is a life changer! He was my choir teacher in middle school. He has connected with his students on a whole other level and truly cares for every person he comes in contact with. He is truly an angel on earth! He helped me find the confidence in my voice. I still sing the songs we use to sing in class lol He is the only teacher who not only remembers my name but checks in periodically and still encourages us to do our best and let’s us know how proud he is. Thank you ???? You deserve all the blessings in the world. ??

Clinton redic Posted over a year ago

Loving person cares about the kids great music teacher and mentor to the community keep up the good work uncle leo Vaughs

Maleny Rosas Posted over a year ago

Mr.Vaughns is one of a kind! He’s the teacher who never gave up on any of his students. I still remember some of a rap we learned for English. He always made learning so fun and I don’t think I’ve been so excited to learn if it wasn’t for him. He is the teacher who has a different bond with all his students. He still to this day remembers and talks to his students and it puts a smile on everyone’s face. He will always have a place in my heart because he was always there for me. I remember I got embarrassed in class and he stood up of me and I remember him putting a smile on my face right after. Everyday I went into his class he had a quote up on the board for us to interpret what it meant to us and because of him I have a voice . I miss looking at those quotes on the board. He is just a sweet man and is loved by many. I don’t know what I would be doing if I didn’t meet him as a teacher. Thank you for pushing me!

Jose Acevedo Posted over a year ago

Mr Vaughns what can I say,coolest most understanding with a Swag to go with it ,became the Teacher he is today ,20 years later and we still keep in touch making sure im making the right moves in life still caring, from a Teacher To A Friend much Love

Zacchaeus Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughns was my middle school teacher years ago, and before that he taught both of my older brothers. He’s always been family. He always had me and my family best interest. He has a great heart and personality!

Andre Posted over a year ago

He’s an amazing person who has a great heart. He inspired me since a kid at Kirkpatrick to make a difference in life and impact peoples life with positivity. He’s really a stand up guy who wants the best for everyone and it’s rare to find people like that. So if you know him like I do then I know he has left you with great memories

Shawn Banda Posted over a year ago

I didn’t go to Kirk Patrick Middle school, but my brother Eddie Garcia worked along side with him for many many years there, all through the 90’s to late 2000’s I believe. I met him back in early 90’s when I was in Middle School at JP Elder, and would periodically go to the Kirkpatrick when my brother would take me with him to help him do stuff there around the school and I met Mr. Vaughn’s and was the coolest and most humble person I knew. He didn’t know a stranger and was always so cheerful and uplifting to his colleagues and students. Even now as I’m older and I still see him as different functions around our community, he’s still the same person very humble and genuine. He’s accomplished so much through his lifetime and is one of kind man. Glad to call him a friend with the biggest heart. He is very loved by everyone.

Sheila Candler Posted over a year ago

Mr Vaughn was and still is a blessing to me and my kids he has always taken the time out to help the kids and staff at Kirkpatrick Middle School I love this young man for him being a child of the most high God.

Jesus Alvarado Posted over a year ago

Best Teacher ever ! Someone who truly leaves a mark on your life, He played a part in the person I am today ! Truly blessed to have had him as an educator When I was growing up !

Jacquelyn Mercado Posted over a year ago

Mr Vaughn's Best Teacher I Had in Middle School He Help me Through So Much ! Miss You So Much ..

Aide Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughns, You not only teach, you inspired some many of us.

Mario M. Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughns is more than an educator, role model, and musician. He is family! All my siblings and cousins were taught, influenced, or had a great story to tell about him. I've seen him touch the hearts of many individuals and mine, he makes you feel at home and accepted no matter who you are! This man deserves many things, especially my respect!

Erika Martínez Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughns is that teacher that you always remember and that when reconnecting with old classmates, his name always comes up. He is that teacher that all parents WANT for their child to have. He goes above and beyond to make connections with his students, parents and community. He is respected and loved because of his welcoming personality and love for teaching. To know him is to love him!

Melissa Soto Posted over a year ago

I had Mr. Vaughn’s was my middle school teacher 25 years ago. I looked forward to seeing him in the hallways and how he interacted with the students and staff. I can still hear him singing. My son had him as his English teacher last year and always has great things to say about this wonderful teach. My youngest is in 6th grade and I hope she has the pleasure to experience what my son and I had. Leo Vaughn’s definitely deserves everything he has accomplished and I know he’s not done yet.

Koraima Meza Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughns has been the only teacher i have kept in contact with ever since Middle School. He is a great person that has reached out to me, through my childhood to adult hood. Not only has he been involved in my life but in my family’s as well. He has made his presence in the difficult times we had to face and has always been encouraging. I know he is a person i can count in and genuinely cares. His job is not only being an educator but a mentor. Even though we don't see each other every day, he manages to keep in touch and makes his presence were he is needed. I truly appreciate you, not every teacher takes time to know every student. You are appreciated!!! Continue to be a great mentor and keep your great spirit!!

Bridget Ortiz Posted over a year ago

I can’t quite fathom what my life would’ve been without Kirkpatrick and mr. Vaughns. It was truly my home away from home the amount of love, dedication and time this teacher put into his students, his peers and this school is overwhelming in all the good ways too. Because of Mr. Vaughn’s I would wake up excited for my education and inspired of all the good that would come along with it. I am forever grateful that God placed me in such a wonderful school with such wonderful people who raised me into the person I am. Thank you Mr. Vaughns for exceeding mine and everyone else’s expectations on a daily basis.

Maria A Perez Posted over a year ago

Three years ago, my two kids and I moved to Fort Worth. I moved to Fort Worth leaving my immediate family 8 hours behind. . My Lord placed me in Kirkpatrick Middle School. He sure knew what he had planned for me. I was very fortunate because I met Mr. Vaughns, he welcomed me to Kirkpatrick Middle. He helped me navigate through hardships and shed light so that I could clearly see beyond my hardships. He was my rock when most needed. Mr. Vaughn made me feel like Kirkpatrick family. I will forever be grateful to him.Therefore, Mr. Vaughn and all Kirkpatrick family will always hold a special place in my heart. He is an awesome singer and piano player. As a former colleague, I was alawys amazed of how highly all students spoke of him. He is very well loved by students and all colleagues.

Cassandra Marquez Posted over a year ago

Best Teacher ever ! Someone who truly leaves a mark on your life, He played a part in the person I am today ! Truly blessed to have had him as an educator !

Pauline Malveau Posted over a year ago

Leo is an awesome singer and piano player with a very good personality, from all of the comments that I have read he's excellent with teaching students and showing his love for the job that he does. GO LEO!!!!

Alejandra Garcia Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughn’s is not only an amazing teacher but an amazing human being in general. His class was that one class you looked forward to everyday. He was a staple in my years at KMS, but made an impact on every student. I heard of Leo before I even stepped in his class... my brother who is 13 years older than me had nothing but great things to say and I’ve got to say I’m thankful I was able to be a student of his aswell.

Lucio Mercado Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughns is one the best teachers that can anyone could have and not only a great teacher but also a great friend and role model too me and every student at Kirkpatrick. We love you a lot pop’s your the best friend that can anyone have.

Ana Segura Posted over a year ago

Mr Vaughns, awesome, funny, kind hearted, man was he the best teacher I ever had. Going into his choir class was always so much fun, Never a dull moment whenever he was around. He taught us so much, and was always there for everyone. & till this day he still keeps in touch with alot of us.

Mariela Avila Posted over a year ago

THE BEST TEACHER EVER !! ?????? He really helped me get through middle school even at the hardest times. Great teacher and had an awesome heart :)

Saul Costantino Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughn's is truly an amazing person an educator that is really dedicated to his job 100% one of those teachers you will never forget

Omar Perez Posted over a year ago

My pops is an outstanding man who would do anything but shy away and made sure to leave an impact on his students teaching us that there is more to life than we know and leaving his mark on our lives, inspiring others to strive for success and if anything is a great friend that you can talk just about anything to.

Mariela Avila Posted over a year ago

THE BEST TEACHER EVER !! ?????? He really helped me get through middle school even at the hardest times. Great teacher and had an awesome heart :)

Diana Flores Posted over a year ago

Mr.Vaughns will always have a very special place in my heart! He was one of my favorite classes I looked forward too! This is very well deserved!! Thank you for all you do for the community! We love you!

Alex macias Posted over a year ago

No words can express the amount of love I have toward my pops, he was my favorite teacher at Kirkpatrick middle school. He gave me the opportunity to be the wildcat brother president in 2016. When mr.vaughns steps in the room it glows up and his presence changes the whole room in the best way ever. He taught me things in life that nobody else has and he truly has shown me the ropes & how to grow into a young man. And he is continuing to do so. There’s so much more, but this is a comment, not a chapter book haha! Love you pops!

Liliana Cerda Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughn’s class and the way he taught me changed my life forever I’m thankful and appreciate everything because even till this after 4 years later he still cares about the kids he taught, he checks on his old students who are married and have families and careers! Not only a teacher would have that kind of impact but a person who genuinely cares and assures how everyone is doing till after years it’s just amazing

Reginald Porter Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughns is a great man hands down. He is my mentor til this day and the best Male singer I've in my life. I didt have the love for music until I met him and listened to his music. He is a great teacher and he is the type of person who understands you no matter what your problems are or no matter who you are. I want to wish you the best and nothing but the best and I hope and pray you continue to grow an succeed in life. Thank you for everything you've done for me and many others. ??

Maria H Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughns is such an amazing teacher I’ve learned so much from him. I am very grateful to have been taught by one of the best at KMS.

Jonatan D Posted over a year ago

YOU MY SON

Alejandra Posted over a year ago

Words to describe Mr.Vaughns overflow my mind. A man of God and a man who does everything to better our community. Not only did he have the power to make me believe in myself but he gave me hope and faith, which I was lacking much of when I became his student. Not only was he my choir and English teacher, he was a father figure in side and out side of school, 30 years in education and I pray for many more to come. I would love for him to be a part of my future children’s life. He more than any one is deserves this award, not only for being the life changer of the year but for changing peoples lives for many years, we love you pops. Forever and always a wildcat.

Jennifer Prestidge Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughns is not just any ordinary teacher or educator. He is the type of person that will make you look deep down inside yourself and see the potential and greatness in you that you might not have realized was there. I remember being so excited to go to his class when I was in the 8th grade because I felt like that was the place I could really be myself, I would be challenged, and I finally had teacher I could relate too. It was truly an honor and life changing experience having him as my teacher in one of the most critical times of my life.

Jesse Rodriguez Posted over a year ago

That's my pops helped me through the tough times and always pushed me to do better. He played a huge role in my life and always told me to never give up on my dreams and I wouldnt be where I am today if he didnt become a positive part in my life.

Yulianna Oronia Posted over a year ago

I was lucky enough to have pops as my English 1 teacher my 8th grade year at Kirkpatrick Middle school . Thanks to all the work he puts into the courses he teaches, my classmates and I were able to succeed that year . Pops isn’t just an ordinary teacher per say , he makes sure to be there for his students when they’re going through rough times and need that support system they may be lacking at that moment. There aren’t words that can express the amount of gratitude I have towards him for being there for me when I was struggling my 8th grade year. Thanks to his guidance I was able to find the right fit for me at my current school and will be the first to graduate in my family this year. Mr. Leo Vaughns Jr. has impacted many lives in many ways with the smallest gestures that turned out to be the largest turning points in our lives. Once again I would like to finish up by saying Thank you for everything you’ve done and continue to do for us Pops . Once a Wildcat, always a Wildcat .

Flor Diaz Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughns, my eighth-grade reading teacher, has been a person that has impacted my life in so many ways. One day a family member asked me “why are you so involved in school it’s not going to help you with life?” At that moment, I had to be respectful like my parents and Mr. Vaughns taught me, and I didn’t say anything to them, but it affected me. I had told Mr. Vaughns what had happen and he told me that “In life you must work hard for what you want. People will try and bring you down, but don’t let them” When I graduate from Kirkpatrick middle school i had to give Mr.Vaughns something that he will never forget besides all the nicknames (pop, king and my favorite “bully”but with much love) I gave him a crown because he is the king of Kirkpatrick and nobody else but him deserves it. I hope one day I becomes a great teacher and mentor just like Mr. Vaughns.

Bryan Cruz Posted over a year ago

There's alot I can say about pops but I'm going to keep it short. I wouldn't be where I'm at if it wasn't for his guidance. Thank you for every talk you gave me and getting on my ass when I'd do wrong. You deserve it champ.

Geronimo Andrade Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughn’s was the greatest motivator in school tried to keep everyone going and has and always will be the light of Kirkpatrick Middle School

Marty Pena Posted over a year ago

Mr.Vaughns is honestly THE best teacher i’ve had through out my years of school, huge inspiration onto others for sure

Kyev Phillips Posted over a year ago

Leo is the absolute best teacher there is. He’s a great example for the next generation. He uses a fun and unique teaching style that benefits all learners .

Abel Perez- Arita Posted over a year ago

U may kno Mr. Vaughns as teacher of the year. I kno him as Teacher of a Lifetime. In Leo dwells the spirit of the fiercest rawrring lion that is so full of energy. His luv for literacy is as wholesome as a slice of cheesecake, so real and beautiful. Any student of this true gentleman can attest his voracious vigor in the art of teaching, specifically to underserved groups of students in Fort Worth. Sir Leo Vaughnss is truly one of a kind. I would I happily nominate him for this award in a thousand lifetimes. This man creates magic out of thin air all the time, u should get to kno him, sincerely! Cheers to u, kind spirit!

Kayla Massey Posted over a year ago

Very well deserved, the best teacher I ever had. An awesome role model for many. Thanks Leo Vaughns

Cedric Dean Posted over a year ago

Thank you Mr.V pops. Very grateful for you

Denise Dobbins Posted over a year ago

Leo Vaughns, Jr., is a life changer of more than the single year as he has been changing lives for generations. This man has touched the lives students, their parents and there are likely instances of where he has touched the lives of their grandparents! Many are working in professions for a number of reasons, Leo is serving, ministering, and living in a profession that it is clear he has been chosen for. Many would like to know their purpose, others know it and want to walk in it, Mr. Vaughns lives his purpose daily. He impacts the church, school, and homeless shelter where he worships, serves, and minsters to in prayer, songs, sermons, charity, and inspiring word. Many give up on others and themselves but people connect with Leo and receive hope and encouragement, a back that will not turn on them, a shoulder to cry on, an ear to listen. I fully support Leo Vaughns, Jr., as LifeChanger of the Year.

Desy A Martinez Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughn's is without a doubt a perfect example of what a role model in our community should be. The love and passion he has for what he does is unbelievable. Changing students life's is a huge task and yet he does it with a smile in his face. I tip my hat and personally thank him for having the patient's with me way back when I attended middle school many many moons ago. Thank you and may God continue to bless you and your family.

Jorge Ramirez Posted over a year ago

Mr Vaughns aka Pops , probably one of the best teachers if not the best in Texas. I've never met a teacher that was all about his students always pushing and motivating a person to do the best you can and not sell your self short. May he keep inspiring students and teachers thru out the remainder of his career.

Juan Enrique Ortiz Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughn’s is an example of what teachers should be. He truly cares about each student that walks through his door. Mr. Vaughn’s remembers each of his students even after 10 plus years he will remember your name and face. I can personally say Mr. Vaughn’s was a father figure for me at at time in my life that really needed one. He continues to build long lasting relationships with those in need and he’s the type of person to never shut the door in someone face... he’s door, love, and arms are always open for you.

Anthony Forrest Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughn has been a pillar for Kirkpatrick middle school since he 1st stepped foot on that campus. He has had that wildcat purple in his veins from day one. Everyone that attended KMS has cared, loved, and respected him and have nothing but great things to say about him. He deserves everything great that comes his way and most if it has been long over due. I'm grateful that he has impacted my life, my son life, and every other kid that has came through those doors. When you think of KMS you definitely think of Mr. Vaughn

Sophie Moreno, LMSW Posted over a year ago

I had the pleasure of working alongside Mr. Vaughns for five school years. As a social worker, Mr. Vaughns is the kind of teacher you hope to work with. He is a loving, caring adult who knows test scores are valued but that the student is more important. He looks at every student as a child of God and serves each one to their unique individual needs. He know that they can’t show up and perform if they have stuff going on in their personal lives or don’t have the basic needs to function. He never once broke confidentiality with his students but instead urged them to come visit me when needed. Mr. Vaughns loves like Jesus. He should get the Life Changer of the Year award; but to many of us, he is solely the life changer of our lives. Period.

Marlyn Martinez Posted over a year ago

Leo is super human! His kindness and spirit inspires and motivates anyone who is lucky enough to be in contact with him. Throughout my journey with Leo I have been blessed to witness him saving lives. The lives of many students who were in need of direction or reaffirming. He has also helped many adults including myself reaffirm our hard work as leaders and educators. You help make believers out of all of us. Thank you Leo for the work you do feeding minds and spirits where ever you go!

Joanna Gallardo Posted over a year ago

“Teacher: isn’t someone who teaches something, but someone who inspires the student to give of his/her best in order to discover what he/she already knows.” -Paulo Coelho Having the drive and passion to not give up in what he believes in while still being able to listen and care for others amazes me! Not only does he teach his kids, but he learns from them inside and outside of school which is what makes him the best.

Jesse Ezekiel soto Posted over a year ago

Honestly mr.vaughns took me in as a kid and treated me as one of his own, I remember first meeting him my 6th grade year because I was a trouble student always in the office, he got onto me as if I was his son, and in my life I didn’t have my father. Till this day I’ll always call me.vaughns my uncle and I’ll always be his nephew, I use my uncles advice everyday in life and I’m grateful he led me in the right path because where I was heading I wouldn’t have made it to be the age I am now . If you see this unc, thank you for everything and the life lessons you taught me.

Elisabeth Vazquez Posted over a year ago

Mr.Vaughns was on of my favorite teachers in middle school he always inspired me and motivate me everyday to try my best in school. Vaughn’s cares about each and one of his students as if we were his own he always made sure we had a smile on our faces everyday and showed us so much love.

Vanessa Duran Posted over a year ago

Love you pops! It’s been an amazing experience to see you inspire more lives everyday!

Usbaldo Martinez Jr Posted over a year ago

What an inspiring man.

mariah garcia Posted over a year ago

most amazing and dedicated teacher i have ever had! most passionate about his work and kids. more teachers need to me more like Mr. Vaughns and hold the same amount of love and dedication! years later his lessons and personality stays with me & holds a special place in my heart. truly deserves this!

Erick Ross Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughns was argubly best teacher I had. I could always go back to Kirkpatrick and ask for his help on my high school assignments. He never said no. Always pushed us to do our very best. Never really liked school but I enjoyed Vaughns class ??

Mitchelle Teague Posted over a year ago

Ever since my old sister have told me about Mr. Vaughns i dreamed about being in his class. I had so much luck and got switched to his class. He was incredible and made everyone in the class his friend. My greatest memory of him was when he hurt his wrist and the whole class was upset because we wanted him to play one if his amazing songs for our ceremony. He pushed through and he played like he never played before for us, and i will never forget the song. He will forever be my role model

Jefferson Posted over a year ago

its about time someone see’s how great of a person pops is! no recognition needed, everyone already knows this man is the best.

Angie Segura Posted over a year ago

They would never be enough words to describe or thank Mr.Vaughns. He always had the best advice to give in any situation. Always made going to school fun, the dances, the school programs.He never let you give up he was always there to guide you. He believed in us in his students. An For that I could not thank him enough!!

Celeste Valle Posted over a year ago

I absolutely love mr Vaughn's he was such a great teach and a great person witha good personality he was very fun and funny my sister had him as a teacher he would always put a smile on her face all the time. ...

Tanisha Posted over a year ago

Great man of god. I was part of the 1st class he taught.

Nati Rosas Posted over a year ago

One of the most amazing teachers I have had the privilege to know! He has taught many of my family members including 3 of my own children. I wish more teachers had the love and devotion to their students as Mr. Vaughns does!!!

Mary Cerda Posted over a year ago

Wonderful teacher of mine whom I met in the early nineties when he started teaching at Kirkpatrick MS. He has always been a great mentor for students and tries his best to make sure they know they matter as people!! I’m very blessed he is still at KMS and also taught 3 of my 4 daughters. The 4th is there now, she cant wait to be in his class next year!!

Ariel Castillo Posted over a year ago

Mr.Vaughns was always a great teacher and a huge remodel for not just me but every student that has ever walked into his class room. Thank you for showing us what a great teacher should be and going above and beyond for us.

Tonya Jackson Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughs is a person who is very engaged with his students past, present and future. He's a man of integrity. He's the teacher every child dream of having in their life. He encourages ALL students. He uses his talent and life to encourage everyone who crosses his path. He is an extraordinary man, teacher and friend!

Carlos Gutierrez Posted over a year ago

To the best teacher I have ever had and met. I am proud to call him my pops!

Felix Campa Posted over a year ago

There's not enough words to describe Mr.Vaughns. He's the definition of what a teacher should be. Every award he's received he deserves and more. Thank you Mr. Vaughns for everything that you do!!!

Crystal Lopez Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughns is an amazing educator, he is genuine and truly cares for every student. Although many years have passed, I always remember the awesome times when he was my teacher. He is the same caring teacher from many years ago, and has a heart for every one of his students. Thank you Mr. Vaughns!!!!! Keep that wildcat spirit up!!! ????????

Gerardo Granados Posted over a year ago

This man is the embodiment of joyfulness and good spirts, he’s always around with a smile on his face bringing happiness to students past present and future. Vaughn’s is what teachers should inspire to be.

Chasity Menkins Posted over a year ago

Well deserved you always there just like the we use to sing we could always lean on you your an very good example for a good teacher you are a true Blessing from god I love you mr.vaughns keep doing good work it will all pay off

Ashley Rolla Posted over a year ago

There is so much one could say about Bro Vaughns, a man of Grace and Integrity. My most memorable times with him was when he was the Minister of Music at GNHMBC, him playing the organ and singing songs of Zion, I can still hear his voice now! Thinking back on those days, those songs, those annual musicals are what help me to always make Jesus my choice. His example of giving God all the Glory during the good and the bad, I am eternally grateful. He deserves all the honors and recognition this world has to offer! Congratulations Leo, I know Mother Edward's loved her some you and is proud of all you have accomplished! Keep God first and as you know only what you do for Christ will last, keep doing it!

Mayra C Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughn’s is an example of what teachers should be. He truly cares about each student that walks through his door. Mr. Vaughn’s remembers each of his students even after 10 plus years he will remember your name and face. He continues to build long lasting relationships with all of his students. Mr. Vaughn’s is truly a blessing!!

Marqus Williams Posted over a year ago

What an inspiration! Well deserved!!

Angelica Davila Posted over a year ago

Mr Vaghns has taught my boys so much! What it is to an honest leader and such am inspiring person my son learned how to tie a tie something that will benefit him his entire life!! I love this mans spirit hiskids love him as well I'm blessed to have met him!!

Isaak Rosales Posted over a year ago

Mr vaughns is the best teacher that I have had when I was in middle school he helped me look at things differently. He changed my life by looking out for me everyday he always knew when something was wrong love you pops

Antonio Alvarado Posted over a year ago

by far one of the best teachers that really motivated me to be a better person and do good in school

Briann Dominguez Posted over a year ago

Mr.Vaughns is and always will be the greatest teacher, supporter and motivator ! It was an honor being one of his students at Kirkpatrick Middle School . Much love pops !

Ramon Romero Jr Posted over a year ago

From a young age we are asked or should I say told to go out and make something of ourselves. To go out and become someone and to be successful. To go out and conquer the world thru our own successes. While that really is good advice, I believe somewhere someone told Leo to go out and be someone in order to “be there” for someone else. This nomination is more than fitting as Leo has changed so many young lives and always put his own interests second. He’s a real motivator, leader and example of how Love of your neighbor can change the world one young mind at a time. State Representative Ramón Romero Jr

Willie lacey Posted over a year ago

One of my role models

Ashley Rodriguez Posted over a year ago

Vaughn’s has always been such an inspiration to those around him. He has inspired so many kids in and out of the class room to continue to follow their dreams and never let society tell you who you can and can’t be. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing him for years and he’s one of the best at what he does and he does it with a passion!!

Yailyn Escareno Posted over a year ago

Mr.Vaughns is such an amazing person! He’s a great and inspiring teacher and he’s someone that you can easily talk to. He’s someone that always wants the best for you.

Alejandro Perez Posted over a year ago

Mr.Vaughns is a really great teacher, he made learning so much easier for me when I had him, if anybody deserves a award like this it should be him.

Cindy Castillo Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughn is one of the top people that inspire his students to do and be more. No matter what he would always give all this attention to his students.

Li Perry Posted over a year ago

He is an outstanding member of the community and a benefit to the children that he comes across at KMS.

Danny Madrid Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughns, is an inspiring teacher that i am glad i had. His passion for helping kids learn is like nothing i have ever seen in my life. He adjust his teaching methods to help the students adapt and learn better. For me it was always music, so singing while reading or listening to him read to us was the just amazing. He is probably the best role model and father figure most children require and goes above and beyond for his babies as he call us. I am glad i got to have this amazing person be apart of my life and my motivation to do better in life.

Michael Dominguez Posted over a year ago

What a great guy! He taught me some very important life lessons I can pass down to my kids. He never gave up on me. Even was I was ready to give up on myself. He played a huge role in my life success. Thank you for being my friend!

isaiah quigley Posted over a year ago

This song run through my head every time someone mentions you pops just call on me brother, when you need a hand We all need somebody to lean on I just might have a problem that you'll understand We all need somebody to lean on

Andrea McElroy-Sloan Posted over a year ago

Leo was my first youth choir director when I was a member of my original church home, Greater New Hope Missionary B.C. As a kid, sadly church wasnt the 1 place that everyone wanted to be but Leo truly made church FUN for me. He taught us songs, encouraged us, and made being in the Lords House enjoyable. He is truly a unique and awesome individual!!

Jada Shepherd Posted over a year ago

Me. Vaughn’s was a very kind and caring person and teacher. He taught the students as if they were his own offsprings. He was a father figure to many and a leader to others. He will always be a good person with a big and kind heart.

Lexuce Harrison Posted over a year ago

He is joy himself. You can never go wrong with teaching and being a man of God. He has shown the students including me when I was a student how to grow not only in school but out of school as well. He is truly a blessing. Thank God for him and many he has blessed.

Michael Torres Posted over a year ago

Mr. Wildcat himself is an exemplar educator who gives his heart and soul to the community he serves. His family mentality has supported many Kirkpatrick Wildcats during the most needed times... The teenage years!!! #SIEMPREADELANTE

Axel Gaona Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughns was more than a teacher. He was a guide to righteousness and selflessness, always taught to care about others while also nurturing your heart. His kindness, energetic attitude, and teachings made an impact in my life. For that, I thank him, and wish he gets all of the recognition and respect he deserves. I was just a young kid going into his choir class thinking “I’ll just show up to get a grade” not knowing this class would teach me more about life, being a good person, and of course great music. This was more than 15 years ago, yet I remember him with honor and respect. I recall as though it was yesterday, walking in to a senior living facility... Quiet, feeling of loneliness in the room, on Christmas time. He set up his Piano, while we got into position.. altos, sopranos, and tenors. With the exception of the staff, almost no one noticed us walking in and setting up. Mr. Vaughns starts playing his piano and with his lead we start to sing Christmas songs. And just like that, at that moment their faces lighted up, and joy reflected in their smile as they started to clap along with the melody. We had brought joy to their life, and as I stood there with tears jerking out of my eyes, I realized that you can make a big impact in someone’s life by doing something good and thoughtful that comes from the heart. Mr. Vaughns taught me that, just by being himself. Thank you!

Davondre Posted over a year ago

Inspiring, much love to you :) peace

Jean Shepherd Posted over a year ago

Leo I remember as small children we would go to grandmama's house to visit but for some reason you always wanted to be the teacher when it was time to play. You have always been a great teacher and I'm proud of you. CONGRATULATIONS!

Letha L Sewell Posted over a year ago

Leo Vaughns is very deserving of this award. I've known him for over 25 years. He was the Musician at my Church for many years. A very kind and thoughtful Man of God.

DeAundre Thompson Posted over a year ago

Congrats

Davondre Posted over a year ago

LOVE????

Debra Sanders Posted over a year ago

I am so proud of Leo Vaughn he has accomplish a lot in life and i look forward to c where life will take him even tho i am older than my cousin i really look up to him.sooo proud.

Joseph Martinez Posted over a year ago

Growing up I’ve heard nothing but great things about this man he is truly a role model and a Leader he wants nothing but the best for all his students and people who he crosses paths with he will always have a special place in my heart love you pops

Brandon Juarez Posted over a year ago

Mr.Vaughns who we all know as the king of kirkpatrick middle school (as well as a father figure to all of us) is an amazing person who you can just talk about everything to him and he will find a way to solve whatever problems you have. He’s a great spirited man who just gives off positive energy but this energy is way stronger than any regular energy. His love is so strong that no matter what he’s there for you to comfort you in many ways that others can’t and overall pops is an idol to all of his students, faculty members, friends and for sure family and it’s an honor to know Mr.Vaughns let alone being one of his past students?????????

Megan Posted over a year ago

Mr Vaughns has ALWAYS been one of the best men I’ve ever had in my life , he’s always pushed to excel, and even at a young age he’s taught us to always be kind , graceful and just to do better . “ Life-changing “ would be an understatement , he’s impacted so many people and will continue to do so because that’s who is he .

octavio olivos Posted over a year ago

Mr Vaughns such a great and inspiring teacher . The best teacher I had in my school years . Always striving for more and always wanting the best for his students. He really deserves this and more, thanks for being the best teacher in the world and helping me find my voice as a child.

Erik Mendiola Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughns even though I didn’t have you as a teacher you took me in like family when in need of assistance Vaughns was there with the wises words even to this day the man still saving life’s that are lost he’s a true Guardian angel

Leo Vaughns Posted over a year ago

Wow! Thank you all for your words, thoughts and expressions of love!

Valerie Pina Posted over a year ago

Mr.Vaughns is such an amazing person! Since middle school he has been nothing but supportive and has a very special place in my life! He has taught me so much and without his support I wouldn’t be the person I am today. Many blessings Pops!!!

Javier Falcon Posted over a year ago

Where do I begin, pops has always been one of the most reliable persons I have ever met, when I began school in Kirkpatrick he was the first staff member that greeted me there he’s always been a great role model to students and teachers as well Thank you mr Vaughn’s

Daveyaun Slater Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughn’s is a amazing person I been knowing mr.Vaughns for years his a very uplifting person and always have a smile a very nice personality every time i see him

Alex Sanchez Posted over a year ago

Vaughns, Pops, there’s so much to say. I cannot think of another person deserving of this honor than Mr.Vaughns. I met him when I began my first year at Kirkpatrick Middle School and since that year he has always been there for me and my family. Walking into his classroom every morning was a breath of fresh air and it felt as if I was in a safe space. He’s the reason I keep striving to be my best. Love you pops.

Debra (Jones) Daire Posted over a year ago

Leo is a wonderful person blessed by God to be a blessing. Every life he comes in contact with is forever changed for the better. He deserves every bit of recognition and then some. Congratulations!

Olivia Martinez Posted over a year ago

Mr.Vaughns is the absolute best teacher anyone can ask for, and he deserves every award he has earned.

Joseph ford Posted over a year ago

Mr.Vaughns is a extraordinary person who goes above and beyond to help someone in need he helped me find my brother who I got separated with at Birth when I was put up for adoption my brother's name was Albert Rocha Jr but he went by AJ at school I was just an infant when I got separated but as I got older I found out that I was adopted and so I decided to track them down it take a couple of years but with some research I found out what school he went to and I just went to the school to see if they would know anything about it and that's where I met Mr Vaughn's he helped me and even gave me one of the last copies of the yearbook of when my brother attended School he guided me to his last address of where he was when he attended School and lucky enough I found my brother who I never met until that day mr. Vaughn's helped me and changed my life thanks to him I now have a brother and I will never forget this act of kindness thank you mr. Vaughns

Aladar A Gutierrez Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughns is one of the greatest teachers that any student in the entire world can ever have. He makes learning very fun for all students and is able to connect to all his students he always cared about all of us as his own children. Thank you so much pops keep changing students lives for the better!!!

Lexus Posted over a year ago

Pops is the kind of teacher that makes you want to come to school everyday and try your absolute best! He encourages you and pushes you to do the things he knows you are capable of doing! When I first started at Kirkpatrick I couldn’t wait to have him! And now that I have left Kirkpatrick so many years ago, I miss him very much! He deserves every single reward he has been given, and many many more!

Rosanna Williams Posted over a year ago

Leo Vaughn Jr a very.caring educator. He goes above and beyond for our youths in the communities. He deserve to be honored with high recognition. May God grant him a job well done etc;. ?

Anthony R Paolucci Jr Posted over a year ago

One of the greatest gifts Kirkpatrick Middle School in the North Side Community has is Leo Vaughns Jr. His dedication leadership in love for the students and parents is unbelievable. I first met live on through my wife and pretty soon I knew where are the hype was about. Leo gives 110 % of himself to educating the students, listening to the students and knowing what their dreams are. He is there for them when they are good, but more so when they are in need of help. I'm very lucky to know Leo. I have volunteered with him on several occasions and his enthusiasm makes you want to do more for the students parents and the community, he makes you want to be a better person. He is a life changer, role model, an educator, a friend a pillar to the community. If you've never had the opportunity to meet Leo Vaughns I suggest that you introduce yourself you will not regret it

Debra (Jones) Daire Posted over a year ago

Leo is a wonderful person blessed by God to be a blessing. Every life he comes in contact with is forever changed for the better. He deserves every bit of recognition and then some. Congratulations!

Hugo Alvarado Posted over a year ago

Mr.Vaughns one of the best teachers I've ever had. One of the classes I looked forward to every day. I learned a lot in many different ways.

Alejandro Gutierrez Posted over a year ago

You will always be a father figure and still one of the best teachers, Merry Christmas pops !

octavio olivos Posted over a year ago

Mr Vaughns such a great and inspiring teacher . The best teacher I had in my school years . Always striving for more and always wanting the best for his students. He really deserves this and more, thanks for being the best teacher in the world and helping me find my voice as a child.

Dr. Katrina Franklin-Smith Posted over a year ago

I had the pleasure of working with Mr. Vaughn at Kirkpatrick MS. He is a passionate educator who truly cares about the students he serves. And, he deserves all the accolades that come his way. FWISD is a better district because of educators like Mr. Vaughn.

Ricardo Posted over a year ago

My pops ! He the most humble funniest caring and loving person I know .

Raymond Davila Posted over a year ago

I am incredibly grateful for Mr. Vaughns and the positive impact he made on my life during particularly challenging times. I witnessed this not only in my life but in other students around me at KMS. This is a testament to his inherent ability to relate, serve, and love those around him. Mr. Vaughns genuine enthusiasm is sure to put a smile on even the worst of days. His passion in the school and surrounding community is unmatched. While we could never find another Mr. Vaughns, we would certainly be better served by having more like him in our public school system. Mr. Vaughns is and has been a life changer to many more than he will ever know.

Alex Sanchez Posted over a year ago

Vaughns, Pops, there’s so much to say. I cannot think of another person deserving of this honor than Mr.Vaughns. I met him when I began my first year at Kirkpatrick Middle School and since that year he has always been there for me and my family. Walking into his classroom every morning was a breath of fresh air and it felt as if I was in a safe space. He’s the reason I keep striving to be my best. Love you pops.

Deisy Galvan Posted over a year ago

I had the privilege of being able to have Mr.Vaughns has my English 1 teacher my 8th grade year at Kirkpatrick Middle School. Not only was he one of my favorite teachers but he was also a very good mentor to me and a lot of the other kids at school. Everyone knew they could count on him. He would always go beyond expectations in order to see his students achieve there goals.

Tonya Moe Posted over a year ago

Sometimes words aren't enough to explain the magnitude of compassion and love someone has for everybody. Leo is an exceptional person and truly a Gift from God to everyone that has been blessed to meet him. He tries to help whomever he can whenever he can. The youth today face so many challenges and Leo finds away to comfort and nurture them. Leo Vaughn is truly the BOMB.COM!!

Josey Arredondo Posted over a year ago

I have known Mr. Vaughns or as most of his former students call him (poppa Vaughns) for many years now. He was my ELA and choir teacher in middle school several years ago. I remember him always being full of happiness and joy that spread all around when he was near. He is a very special individual and anyone who gets the chance to meet him is very blessed to do so.

Alexis Manzano Posted over a year ago

Best teacher I had when I was in middle school and a great person out of school. He was like a dad to me as well so I got much love for the guy.

Courtney Rolla Posted over a year ago

I have known Mr. Leo Vaughn since my childhood. He played music at our church for many years. He taught me how to carry a tune. He is a kind hearted person who loves music and a great role model. He is an inspiration for everyone he cross paths with. Continue to be the wonderful person that you are.

Nadia Licon Posted over a year ago

Mr.Vaughns what can I say? There is not a single word to describe not only how an amazing teacher he is but how an amazing soul he has!! Not only did he teach me to keep going with school but I learned how to be positive, have fun but most important to smile at life no matter how gloomy the day might seem!! Even now that a lot of the his kids have graduated and have done their own life he has always made time for everyone!! I am super proud of all you your accomplishments keep inspiring kids and thank you for always being the best!!

Melissa Posted over a year ago

A model of positivity, humor and grace.

Joanna samaniego Posted over a year ago

Mr Vaughns such a great and inspiring teacher . The best teacher I had in my school years . Always striving for more and always wanting the best for his students. Your such a great remodel and always have been .

Cedric English Posted over a year ago

I've been knowing Leo as a child when he taught me my first songs to sing at church. Fast forward about 33 years later never thought I'd be playing the drums on Sunday with him. He's definitely well deserving of all the awards he's received. Leo is a well respected, dedicated, hard worker, and a great person to know. Many people can thank him for how he's impacted their life in different ways. Keep up the great work and being a true role model. Love you bro.

Hayley Franklin Posted over a year ago

Leo is an amazing person. I have not even known him a whole year, but I already can’t imagine life without this incredibly uplifting personality. His passion for his students is so apparent, and everything he does is done with love. Keep it up, Leo!

Chelsea Posted over a year ago

So we’ll deserved.

Juanita V Posted over a year ago

Leo is very deserving of this award! Am asset to our community, schools and family. It’s an honor to know him! I couldn’t think of anyone else for this award.

Bev Clement Posted over a year ago

Leo connects with us and leads us to connect with each other! Congratulations on the success of your students. Keep inspiring us through your love, and through art and education, Leo.

Esmeralda Gallardo Posted over a year ago

All these awards are very well deserved! He not only is an amazing teacher but a role model and natural leader. The title of all these awards mean nothing if you have not had the pleasure to meet this man, yet alone have the pleasure to be in his class. He planted the seed in which made me love reading. He has taught my siblings and they too are so grateful for the hard work and dedication he has sacrificed for his students and this community. May god continue to bless Mr.Vaughns and the path he walks. - A Grateful student!

Dr. Cassandra Surles Posted over a year ago

Leo Vaughns Jr is a very deserving educator. He’s one of the best teachers I’ve ever known. He genuinely cares about his students. He gives 100% to everything he does. He’s an amazing musician and singer. But most of all, he’s an amazing person for the love and support that he gives to everyone with whom he comes in contact.

Quinton Phillips Posted over a year ago

Leo is not only life changer of the year... he has shaped me for a lifetime. Leo operates with the utmost integrity at all times and he is a great example of who humanity is supposed to be. No award is sufficient enough to sum up Leo’s impact but he is most deserving of this one.

Noah Soto Posted over a year ago

Me. Leo is well deserving of this award, he’s helped many and I mean many from past to present when it comes to schooling or just as a human being. I didn’t have him for a class but one thing was for certain he made he’s presence known. He has been by far one of my biggest inspirations.

Jose Moreno Posted over a year ago

Me. Vaunghs is very deserving of this he always made sure we were well taken care of as students and individuals. He always made sure we understood the assignment and helped us with others and gave us life lessons. Overall he is a great man, great teacher, and a life long friend until this day he checks up on us former students.

Doris Bailey Posted over a year ago

I've known Leo over 40 years when he was a musician at my church Greater New Hope Missionary Baptish Church. Leo has a kind spirit and one of the best personalities of anyone I have ever met. If you are having a bad day he will change that in a heartbeat, but mostly and by far he is truly a child of God and one of the most sincere people you will ever meet. Keep up the good work Leo and let God continue to use you and Good luck in every thing you set out to achieve. Love Doris

Eduardo Posted over a year ago

Very well deserves this! He is my favorite teacher of all!!! ?? Very successful and an amazing leader and role model.

Cynthia Hasty Posted over a year ago

Cousin Leo is such an amazing person if anybody deserves this award it should be Leo

Eduardo Posted over a year ago

Very well deserves this! He is my favorite teacher of all!!! ?? Very successful and an amazing leader and role model.

Mark Rivera Posted over a year ago

Great teacher even better man

Crystal Diggs Posted over a year ago

I've known Leo for some years and he has always had a kind genuine spirit. He has a BIG heart. He's humble, loving, caring, selfless, and has a great sense of humor. You'll never know if Leo is upset or bothered about something because he always has a smile on his face and making sure he keep others encouraged to keep the faith and succeed. He's been an inspiration in my life. Leo you're AWESOME and one of a kind!

Kimmie L Kimble Posted over a year ago

Where can one start when you have witnessed one person truly change the lives of so many people, including myself? As a student at Kirkpatrick Middle school, I remember passing by Mr. Vaughns' classroom and seeing all of his students engaged in learning. Not only were they engaged, their enthusiasm to learn matched his enthusiasm and energy to teach. Students who would regularly skip class or who did not actively participate in school activities were present in Mr. Vaughns' classroom. And then there was “Show Choir"! He connected with other students whom never had the pleasure to be his student in the classroom by becoming their teacher of music. Students who thought of themselves as “the cool kids" wanted to “show up and show out" in the school choir, Mr. Vaughns’ Show Choir. Similarly to sports, we had to make sure our class work and conduct were exemplary in order to participate. When I was a substitute teacher, I subbed in his classroom on various occasions . Needless to say each period his students sang his praises. The one constant remark was how Mr. Vaughns has the effortless ability of getting students to want to be present at school. Many staff members over the years has benefited from Mr. Vaughns’ positive inactions with students. They (we) as students simply did not want to let Mr. Vaughns down by not meeting his expectations in and out of his classroom. We could depend on him to support us on and off campus. Therefore, his students shows him the same zealousness. Mr. Vaughns was the first person I had in mind when I needed a professional recommendation to become an educator. As a former educator of FWISD, I always inspired to have an positive impact on my students as Mr. Vaughns has on his students. I marvel at how he’s able to not only effortlessly teach, but also change lives. He has saved lives of students who from personal experience would not have surpassed the stereotypical life expectation for minorities in our community. There’s truly no one more deserving of the many accolades which has and will be bestowed upon Mr. Vaughns. To be called Pops by your students and some of your colleagues symbolizes the lives you created by changing the courses of destruction they could have fell prey. I can without a doubt say on behalf of the hundreds of lives you have changed, we thank you!

Danielle Newton Posted over a year ago

Mr. Leo is so deserving of this and many other things. He continuously blesses others on a daily basis and it is beautiful to see his work being acknowledged. Continue to have "good success".

Devin Kroshus Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughns, you are making such a huge and positive impact with the children and staff at Kirkpatrick Middle School. Everyday day you bring love and compassion for the students at KMS and we are so thankful for all you do. ““His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’” ??Matthew? ?25:21? ?NIV??

Frances Walters Posted over a year ago

I can't think anyone who is more worthy of this award than Rev Leo Vaughns Jr. I have known and worked with him in ministry and community at the Fellowship Baptist Church in Youth Ministry and Music Ministry. He is a gifted and anointed to do just what he is doing.

Ashia B. Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughns is one of the most amazing people you’ll ever meet. He has a the biggest heart and dedicates himself to others. He is also one of the hardest workers I’ve ever met because whenever I see him he’s always working on something on his computer. Mr. Vaughns is an inspiration to me, his students, coworkers.

Jalah Jones Posted over a year ago

Mr.Vaughns will always be my favorite teacher, til this day , as a freshman at the University of North a Texas. He has always encouraged me to stay active in my studies, my church, my passion, and most importantly, with what I give back to the community. He always pushes me out of my comfort zone and goes out of his way to sign me up for events and talent shows because he has always believed in the power that can b shared through song, speech, love, creativity, and individual self worth. His impact runs deeper than his students, it runs through the family’s of those he has made an impact on. It runs throughout the communities in which he participated in. Leo Vaughns will forever and always leave an impact wherever he goes and has already saved thousands of lives.

Jesse Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughns is a great educator because he first has been a great student. He understands individually and collectively the student body he is a student of the staff, the community, and the culture. Through being a student of his environment he has learned to be a great servant to it.

Rhonda Scott Posted over a year ago

Mr. Leo has such drive and passion for his job as an educator. He loves the group and motivates them to be better. Personally,he always lifts my spirits with his music ministry. Such a great leader!

Bobbie Houston Posted over a year ago

You are awesome, talented, gifted & extremely blessed cousin. Thank you for all you do for your family, your school and communities far and near. You are so deserving and I pray and wish you the best. God bless you, faculty, teachers & students. Bobbie Houston

Lisa Wooden Posted over a year ago

Mr, Vaughn’s is a great leader and supporter not only to the school and the community but also to family. He is well deserving of this award, he encourages others. He is such a good and kind person, always putting others before his self. He is humble with a character spirit and love people and always willing to serve. He come from a good, spiritual and positive background his parents are always supportive of him. I personally have known Mr. Vaughn’s all my life and he showed me nothing but honesty, and respect. May God keep blessing you Leo and keep your eyes in the higher calling. Blessings and Love. Lisa Wooden

Larissa Posted over a year ago

Me. Vaughn’s, also known as pops, has been one of the biggest influencers in my life. He was my 8th grade English teacher and, although I’m 22 now, I still continue to find myself going to him when I need advice. He’s the type of person you genuinely feel blessed to have in your life, and I can’t put into words how grateful I am to have met him. He has students from many years ago still visiting because he has that type of impact on people lives. He’s a hard worker, a genuine person, and he deserves every ounce of appreciation because everything he does is directly from his caring heart. Although I haven’t attended Kirkpatrick in almost 9 years, he still impacts my life and has even began to help shape my 3 year olds life. I can’t wait to see what greatness Mr. Vaughns continues to achieve.

Jonathan Perez Posted over a year ago

Couldnt think of a more deserving person than Mr. Leo Vaughns.

Dee Dee Crawford Posted over a year ago

I know Mr. Vaughn as a minister and a musician. He's a very warm and loving person. He encourages you in a way that makes you feel like you can do it no matter what. He is definitely a people person. He always gives 100% of himself. He comes to our church every year and help us with our annual musical. His words of encouragement are really lifting. He is dedicated to his career and the kids that he teaches. He is dedicated to life. All in all Mr. Vaughn is an awesome, happy, enlightening, energetic, always there to give a helping hand. He doesn't ask for anything in return just good from the heart. There aren't any words to really describe the dedication and love that Mr. Vaughn had for his career, his students, and his community.

Lauren Vasquez Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughns came to our campus for Career Day this year and all of us here at Washington Heights were moved by his presentation on being an educator. Students were not only impressed by his many accomplishments but they were excited about their move onto middle school. It is evident that Mr. Vaughs is dedicated to his career, it is more than a job to him, it is his passion. Mr. Vaughns is an inspiration to students AND to fellow educators.

Rudy Mendoza Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughns is a lifelong learner dedicated to serving others. Leo possesses a humble and sincere spirit of service. He capably and enthusiastically is able to transfer his knowledge and experience to others as he develops long lasting and positive relationships of trust. I consider it a blessing to serve with Leo.

Kenneth & Paula Hamilton Posted over a year ago

"Little Brother" is what we call him. He is one of the most humble people that we know. He can demonstrate sternness yet,in such an humble way. His willingness to assist others is remarkable! He represents the rearing of having good Godly parents by demonstrating having morals and dignity. While exhibiting all of the above; he demonstrates his love and unwavering faith in Jesus Christ and uses prayer as his weapon on life's issues. In his humbleness, he is yet hilarious! an actor! extremely intelligent! and honest. An outstanding all around gentleman. It is a great joy to know him.

LaTanya Robinson Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughns is an enthusiastic educator dedicated to impacting the lives of his students in a positive way. He epitomizes the concept of "it takes a village" to raise children. I am excited to see such a hard worker recognized for his efforts in building a community of leaders.

Chandra Steel Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughns is most deserving of this award. He tirelessly gives of himself to his students, coworkers, community, and family. He also serves in every imaginable capacity with his church family as well. He is a respected leader and receives only accolades of praise from all who have come in contact with him. To know Mr. Vaughns is a privilege and an honor.

Nancy Paolucci Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughns is an inspiration to students parents and the community, he is the glue that holds us together. I met Mr Vaughns over 20 years ago he was a very young and brand new teacher, back then he come to work very excited how he was going to teach his class that day with all his ideas and his imagination on how to inspire the children. Over the years his gift to lead the students his co-workers the community and the congregation has only grown and evolved. He is know as Mr. Kirkpatrick, Pops, Reverend, brother Vaughn's. All our neighbors in the community no they can count on Mr Vaughns. Lots of the former students that are now parents enrolling their students come in and request Mr Vaughns teach their child since he taught them. Mr. Vaughns' pride and dedication to teaching and reaching each and every student is represented in the legacy he is creating for the future of our community. He is an amazing teacher, and an extraordinary leader in our community.

Trish Robinson Posted over a year ago

Mr. Leo is a very well known man that is praised by many. His heart is caring-not just in the education department, but for many that is in need. It’s a privilege to know, and to have a relationship with Mr. Leo Vaughns. He’s is A person you can truly count on. Thank you Mr. Leo for being a caring, loving man for your students and beyond! He’s an legendary in the community!

Freddy R. Posted over a year ago

Leo is a one of a kind person you’ll ever meet. I’m always grateful to call him my pops. He’s been there for me when no one else was. He’s a genuine person with a huge heart and amazing character.He will definitely make you feel better if your having a bad day. Always been for the students. And can’t forget those huge calf’s lol!! But all around Best teacher/musician/pastor I ever met. Love you fat head! - Pumpkin

rosalie Olbera Posted over a year ago

Leo an AWESOME person that has a BIG HEART not just for himself but for everyone@@ God Bless him! Wish him the BEST!

Cathleen Richardson Posted over a year ago

Leo Vaughns is a game changer, life changer! As an education leader with 35 years experience, he is one of the spotlights in the lives of all he encounters, especially children! The title of this award fits him! He is a deserving recipient! ??

Dina Gonzalez Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughns is a charismatic, generous, humorous, and joyful man. I am honored to know, work, and pray alongside him. Our students and families know they are accepted, embraced, and included by Mr. Vaughns; they seek him out. Leo has taught generations of families at Kirkpatrick Middle School and his God-given legacy shines on. He is beyond deserving of this prestigious honor.

Kenny Goldaby Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughns is an incredibly gifted educator and is one of the most loving and giveing people I have ever known. I have seen the fruits of his labor and dedication through many of the young lives that he has touched and that he still has a connection with. I have seen his tireless efforts, the long hours and meticulous drive going above and beyond for students as well as the FWISD. And he accomplishes all that he does with a smile on his face and a song in his heart. He gives the same if not more to his church family at Fellowship Missionary Baptist church. I can think of no one better to receive this wonderful accolade than Mr. Leo Vaughns Jr.

Kimberly Freeman Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughn’s was the heart of Kirkpatrick middle school. He gave us all confidence that we could do whatever we wanted to do in life regardless of the fact that we were in a low income neighborhood. He lead by example by getting a degree from TCU. We all looked forward to going to school and singing in the Gospel Show Choir. He formed a drill team and taught us an empowering mission statement to say every morning. Mr. Vaughn’s is definitely a life changer and he is deserving of everything that comes with being nominated??

Clara Montgomery Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughns is definitely a gifted teacher. He instills in his students the desire to learn and encourages them to be good citizens. He does this by: 1) being an ever, present role model; 2) presenting the curriculum in a meaningful, interesting and fun way; and 3) showing his genuine love and respect for them and his profession. As a retired educator, I have observed Mr. Vaughns in the classroom, at church and in the community. There is none other like him. Mr. Vaughns is the epitome of what a teacher should be.

Nick Torrez Posted over a year ago

Mr Vaughns is the real deal. He is dedicated and devoted to advancing students and community to the next level. He has a relentless internal drive to positively impact every student that he encounters. It is not a rarity for students from past years to come hunt him down and tell him as well as others how Mr. Vaughns changed their lives. It was a blessing to be able to work on the same team with Mr Vaughns. He truly touched and impacted my life as well.

Liz Posted over a year ago

I have known Mr. Vaughns for awhile now and I cannot begin to describe how many lives he has touched. Students that he taught come back and look for him years after they graduate eager to share their accomplishments with him. He has touched so many lives. I have cousins and friends that were lucky enough to have been taught by him when they were in middle school and never forget how Mr. Vaughns helped shaped them into the adults they are today. His spirit is full of energy, and joy. He is definitely someone I look up to!

Lisa Woodard Posted over a year ago

Leo is the epitome of Colossians 3:23 23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, This is the key to his success! Great Nominee!

Sergio De Leon Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughns is an extraordinary educator who takes his role as teacher and mentor seriously. He is deeply committed to nurturing the next generation of leaders in our community and we are so fortunate to have someone of his caliber working with FWISD. I know Leo as a friend and I admire him as a leader. May God continue to give him strength to continue in his work as an educator and mentor to our children.

Sharde Wormley Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughn’s is the best he always is the most happy and nicest person he made my middle school days fun and full of joy couldn’t have asked for a better teacher. He’s Awesome ??

Diana Garcia-Allen Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughns' commitment to the school and community are unparalleled. He is full of life and lights up any room he walks into. The students admire him and respect him greatly. He has impacted generations of students and many that are now adults continue to be in relationship with him - sharing life milestones with him and calling him "pops". He is truly a life changer and so worthy of this recognition!

Mark Jasso Posted over a year ago

Mr. Leo Vaughns is the definition of educator extraordinaire. I am honored to know him, to work in a district that supports a teacher like him, and to continue to learn from him. While there may be many qualified individuals to receive this honor, there is only one Mr. Kirkpatrick. The lives he continues to impact will leave an impression in this community for many years to come.

Francene Francis Posted over a year ago

When Leo Vaughns enters a room, there is a sigh of relief from all within. His very presence can change an atmosphere for the better. He embodies great gifts in music, theater, and creative writing. His Christian character is always on display. He is kind and generous. He is a professional when the moment calls for him to be professional, and he is lighthearted and fun when the moment requires a hearty laugh. He seems to know just what the moment calls for. Mr. Vaughns genuinely cares about people. He has committed his life to being the best educator that he can be. He has unselfishly served the students of Fort Worth ISD for decades, sharing his talents and encouraging the students to develop talents and academic skills of their own. I am proud of Mr. Vaughns. I can think of no other person who deserves to receive this award at this time more than Mr. Leo Vaughns.

Pamela Beene Edwards Posted over a year ago

Leo Vaughns recently became a solid uplifting force in the family of Lester Beene. Words cannot describe the instant connection we had with Leo. He’s truly been a continued blessing to me and everyone he touches. I’m so grateful to witness his amazing journey. The world is a much better place with Leo. I’m beyond grateful for his friendship. Pamela Beene Edwards

Nikki Henry Posted over a year ago

You’d be hard pressed to find a more deserving candidate than Mr. Vaughns. He truly loves education and helping his students achieve.

Nick Marquez Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughns.. such a great man. With much to say I will comment hear with an example of the lasting impression he has left on me. I’ll never forget a memory I have going in to my freshman year of high school in 2012 that was due to this amazing teacher. It was my first year of high school and on top of that I was in a new school district. It was time for English class and though this pre-ap classroom was filled with very knowledgeable students, when a vocabulary word question was asked, I was the only one able to answer. I believe the word was “alliteration” and I still remember the fun tune that Mr. Vaughns cooked up for us in middle school that as soon as I heard the word I almost shouted “repeat the same letters”. The teacher then said to me almost a little shocked “That’s right! Which teacher did you have in middle school?”. I then explained how I had just moved from FWISD and that I had an amazing teacher there who made sure I could remember these terms so easily. I was proud of where I had came from and I can thank Mr. Vaughns for putting me in that position to shine.

Shawna Smith Posted over a year ago

I have been gifted the opportunity to get to know Mr.Vaugh through Leadership ISD 2020 and I must say he is full of energy and unapologetically committed to changing the world starting with Fort Worth FIRST!!!! It’s been a pleasure working with him and this is an exceptional honor for an exceptional person! Well done LEO!!!!

Yeika Garcia Posted over a year ago

Thanks for all you do for the community and most importantly our youth. I can’t begin to express the amount of love my family has for you. You’ve guided and inspired many of our generations. You have impacted and continue to impact the lives of many in school and outside. You truly deserve every recognition and good that comes your way old man. You’ve worked hard for it and worked harder to support and encourage everyone you come in contact with. Love you big head!

Amanda Coleman Posted over a year ago

Great education deserving of any honor offered!

Leo Posted over a year ago

Thank you all for your comments!

Bonnie Armstrong Posted over a year ago

Leo Vaughns is the epitome of educational and human leadership. It is a privilege and honor to count him among my friends and colleagues. Watching him interact with students and their parents is amazing as the mutual respect and love is so very apparent. Lifechanger of the Year is such an appropriate title for Mr. Vaughns as he has changed so many lives over the years, literally impacting families for generations. I attended the ceremony where the cafeteria/auditorium was named after him and it was so very touching to stand there and see the multi-generational families who attended to honor him. As I stood shoulder to shoulder with the hundreds of students, friends, and family members at the naming ceremony, I listened to the many comments of the students, their parents, and their grandparents. What became very clear to me is that Mr. Vaughns has touched families in many ways and made them better students and parents. They were all sharing their "Pops" stories and telling what a difference he made for them on a specific day or time in their life. Leo Vaughns truly is a Lifechanger!

Dr. MacMillan Posted over a year ago

I am so pleased to be able to leave a comment for my extraordinary friend. Last summer, Mr. Vaughns became one of my favorite students in a rigorous, multidisciplinary graduate class here at the Dallas Institute's Cowan Center. In spite of his long years of experience and the excellence with which he is already endowed, Leo entered the class with humility and a strong desire to deepen himself and grow. Very quickly, he became an important part of the class for everyone. His spirit is authentic and it lifted everyone around him, and his willingness to submit himself to learning new things and ideas inspired us, too. He was an earnest and passionate student. I know that he carries this same spirit and intellectual breadth into the classroom as well. Congratulations to Mr. Vaughns for showing the community that a teacher of excellence is one who loves learning and life. Mr. Vaughns, the community of Fort Worth and generations of students have you to thank, I know, but I am grateful for how you inspired me, too!

Fred Willis Posted over a year ago

I met Leo his second year at Weatherford College. He worked with the gospel choir and everyone wanted to be a part. In some way or another many of the black students that lived in the dorms would somehow make their way to the choir room if not to sing, to simply see what was going on! Leo has a way of pushing students toward realizing their potential and I'm no different. I simply wanted to learn how to play the Hammond organ but when he saw that I was picking it up pretty well, he sent me to a church to play for them (which was not at all what I thought I could do). Needless to say, he was there the whole way and I spent many days and nights gleaning his wisdom about the assignment until the training wheels came off. It was unbelievable then, but since then I have traveled to six countries playing gospel music and have never forgotten Leo's impact on my life. I wrote about him in my book "The Journey to Genesis", because I wanted to share how for me he was a "destiny helper". Reading this nomination profile confirms what so many of us already know. As he approaches 30 years in and around the classroom, it gives me great joy to say that I'm proud to be a product of his freely giving spirit!

Barbara Day Posted over a year ago

I believe that Leo Vaughns Jr is a man after Gods own heart. He loves unconditionally and does not consider anyone to be a stranger. Leo has helped to lead many children in the right direction and he has inspired them to be the best in life that they can be. Leo's humbleness has caused his pass to secure his future. Even though he has accomplished much, the best is yet to come!

Derrick J Bouldin Posted over a year ago

Congrats Reverend Leo. I can not personally think of anyone more deserving of all the recognition. I've seen you desire and passion for reaching the youth. Very inspiring.

Aretha Livingston Posted over a year ago

Awesomely gifted, talented and called by God to be a blessing to others. These attributes describe Leo as an renowned educator, his community involvement, and his devout friendship to humanity. I am extremely proud to say that I have known Leo for more than twenty years and consider him to be synonymous to a blood brother. He has been such a blessing in my life, making memorable moments, events and challenging times so much easier to bear. He is an individual who is dependable, true to his word and diligent to what ever the cause. Our ministries not only are aligned as educators but as musical cohorts. We would travel together to do gospel music concerts in the summer. Each summer I would witness the diligence and hard work he would but in, in preparation for these events and stand back in awe at where he received the energy to accomplish so much in such a small time frame.This was simply amazing to me. Not only have we traveled together singing, he has served as the musician in my church for many years. Genuine, never changing and a continuous blessing that flows from individual to individual.This is just who he is.He is dedicated to each and every task that he is presented with and does it with finesse and extreme integrity. What a blessing from God and a privilege to know you!!! Keep up the great job you are doing!!!

Brian Renteria Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughns is THE definition of a selfless educator and steward of promoting youth!

Rachelle Forrow Posted over a year ago

Leo is a wonderful, caring, talented and dedicated person. He is committed to education and learning. Whatever he does he gives 200% of his time, effort and energy. He is super busy but always smiling. He is leaving his mark on our community one person at a time. He is everywhere and very loved.

Shelly Wu Posted over a year ago

Leo is so passionate about improving the lives of his students and creating a culture of community at Kirkpatrick. He is a role model for all educators out there!!!

Leo Posted over a year ago

Thank you all for your kind words. Love y’all

TJ Posted over a year ago

Exceptional positive energy and spirit for life, students and school performance. Superb gentleman who makes it happen in education. None better! Leo V. Is a man built for building the change we all wish to see! He is an architect if the future. #kidswinning. #livenlovefwyouth

Imelda Lopez Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughn’s has always been such an amazing influence in so many kids life! I admire him so much, for truly being such an amazing human being! Love you and congrats!

Sis June Roland-Ray Posted over a year ago

I can’t tell you how proud I am of you Minister Leo Vaughn. You are blessed and a blessing to everyone that comes in contact with you. I remember when you were going through as you were trying to reach the kids in your own unique way. It worked???????? Now, you are a beacon of hope for all. May God continue to move mountains for you because you are so deserving. And of course we have to thank God for your mother, Sis Vaughns for sharing you with us all. She is a ray of light and we love her unconditional?? We love you here at Fellowship, called the Ship. Thanks for all you do, love you ??

Joseph Turner Posted over a year ago

Leo has been a life changing mentor for countless people. His great attitude that he carries on a daily basis is a positive light to everyone that knows him. It is a pleasure to work with Leo and it’s great to be able to call him a friend of mine.

LaRhonda Young Posted over a year ago

I attended Wedgewood Middle, Southwest High and TCU with Me. Vaughn. He has always been a man of love and integrity. I'm honored to know such a great man who has touched so many lives in a positive manner. Thank you Mr. Vaughn for your service to the community.

Mary Cerda Posted over a year ago

I met Mr.Vaughns in the early nineties as my teacher, he is a very positive person and always wants his students and all kids to try their best and to be a better person than you were the day before, to benefit society than be a burden on it. I’m proud to say he was my teacher and that my 4 daughters had him as a teacher as well!!! He will always be Mr.Kirkpatrick!!

Jasmin Williams Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughn is one of the best educators I know! His passion for his students, school, and community is undeniable!

George and Rosalinda Mendoza Posted over a year ago

It is our pleasure to nominate Mr. Leo Vaughn Jr for this prestigious award. Mr. Vaughns (lovingly known by his close friends as "Leo" is a man of great character and passion for helping out anyone who is in need. Leo constantly searches out ways to help others, family, friends, co-workers and/or students. He leads by example. He is truly a man of his word. Excellent teacher both in and outside of the classroom. The only way to thoroughly give this man the credit he deserves would require an individual to spend a week walking in his environment. Good luck Mr. Leo!! We love you George and Rosalinda

Vickie Ward Posted over a year ago

There is so much to say about Mr. Vaughns, I have known him since I began with KMS 14 years ago. He leads a group of teachers every morning in prayer, asking for blessing not only for the teachers, but our student body, our neighborhood and community. He truly is a man of God. I don't think I have ever seen or meet a more selfless man in my life. I don't know how he gets it all done. I can also truly say that I have absolutely never seen him in any other way than joyish and happy. He spreads that happiness and joy everywhere he goes. His current students and former students are ALL his children, they all call him Pops and he remembers each and everyone. He has actually taught several generations of students, Grandparents, parents and now their children. All I know for sure is that when Mr. Vaughns enters ANYONE'S life they are truly changed for the better, loved and enriched by his presence and love.

Jessica Arreola Cardenas Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughns was and is the best teacher out there! He is a former teacher and now a great mentor since I am now a teacher myself. Like I always said, "I've learned from the best!" He has helped me craft my own way of teaching as he has always said to be yourself and love all of your students. He is certainly one wise man, and there will NEVER be anyone like Mr. Vaughns.

Dr.Brendalyn Jackson Posted over a year ago

Mr. Leo , is one of the most caring individuals have ever met. He is what you call the real deal and I am delighted to know him. Really great person , and someone you can count on when you need them.

Rian Townsend Posted over a year ago

Mr. Vaughns is an outstanding educator whose passion for what he does shows with the success of the students he teaches!!!!

Dana Posted over a year ago

Leo Vaughns is a valued member of the KMS faculty. His dynamic personality brings positive energy to our campus. His dedication to the Wildcats is surpassed only by his love for our Lord and Savior. Mr. Vaughns builds, grows, and maintains relationships with his students. He is a life skills mentor for many in his tutelage and for many long after their days in Kirkpatrick Middle School. His legacy will be carried on by his ever growing flock of Wildcat Brothers and is cemented in the foundation of KMS. He truly is a Life Changer!

Julio Abonza Posted over a year ago

Great Job Mr. Vaughns. Keep up the great work!