Phone: 828-754-3496


Degrees and Certifications:

B. S. in Elementary EducationSecond Field in Math 4-8Second Field in Social Studies 4-8

Mr. Mike Vaughn

About Mr. Mike Vaughn

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Thank you for visiting my little piece of Happy Valley's website. I moved to North Carolina in July 2001 from West Virginia. I was actually born in Fayetteville, NC while my dad was in the Army. I taught elementary school in West Virginia for 13 years before moving to Caldwell county, where I accepted the 8th grade math position here at Happy Valley School.  I really enjoy the friendly, family atmosphere at our school. I believe there is not a better community anywhere than the Patterson area.

A little about me:

Birthdate: September 22, 1963

Hobbies: Bicycling, Hunting, Shooting, and Fishing

Music: I like just about anything except rap, but my favorite music is Bluegrass. Classic Country and Classic Rock are also favorites.

Favorite Bluegrass Groups - Flatt & Scruggs, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Blinky Moon Boys,Stanley Brothers,IIIrd Tyme Out, Laurel Canyon Ramblers, Country Gentlemen.

Favorite Classic Country - George Jones, Merle Haggard, Johnny Paycheck, Eddie Rabbitt,  Johnny Cash, Ernest Tubb, Hank Snow, Hank Thompson,andHank Williams Jr.

Favorite Classic Rock - Eagles, Beatles, Molly Hatchet,Lynard Skynard, AC/DC (Bon Scott), Steve Miller Band, Nazareth, Creedence Clearwater Revival,George Thoroughgood.

Favorite Movies: Lonesome Dove, Slingblade, The Exorcist, Fallen,Rio Bravo, Deliverance, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Napolean Dynamite,Death Hunt,Tombstone

Favorite Actors: Robert Duvall, Billy Bob Thornton, Tommy Lee Jones, Val Kilmer

Pets: Trigger, a Jack Russell Terrier

Hammer, a Mountain Feist

A bunch of Banty Chickens

(See Scrapbook for Pictures)


  • Picture of Mr. Vaughn


  • School Supplies

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    • Paper (every day)
    • Pencil (every day)
    • Kleenex (2 boxes at the beginning of the school year)
    • Good Attitude
    • Smile
    • Respect

    Paper and pencil will be a daily necessity in my classroom.  The most important item a student can bring to any classroom, however, is a good attitude.  Without this, it is difficult to achieve success in the classroom.  Good attitudes begin at home.  Please encourage your children to read every day, make sure they get enough rest, complete any homework they may have, and prepare for tests.  Give them love and encouragement and they will excel in life!

    A smile can go a long way toward brightening another person's day.  Use them often.

    Respect is a most important part of everyday life as well.  Respect is difficult to give a concise definition.  It involves being courteous toward others, considerate of others feelings, never intentionally ridiculing or embarrassing others, and treating others with dignity and civility.  A good way to practice respect is to always ask one's self a simple question: "Would I want to be treated this way?"  This would often save everyone a lot of problems.

    Problems are kept to a minimum in 6th grade simply by everyone coming prepared with supplies, showing respect to others, and having a good attitude.  And remember, it takes 42 muscles to frown, and only 17 to smile, so SMILE, it's easier!

  • The Ten Commandments of Mathematics

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    1. Thou shalt not divide by zero.
    2. Thou shalt not put other textbooks before thee in math class.
    3. Thou shalt show thy work, check thy work, and confirm that thy results are reasonable.
    4. Remember thy test days and prepare for them wholly.
    5. Thou shalt honor the correct order of operations.
    6. Thou shalt not do thy math papers in ink!
    7. Thou shalt commit the facts of arithmetic to memory.
    8. Thou shalt do unto one side of an equation what thou doest to the other.
    9. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy original problems; thou shalt copy thy problems correctly and legibly.
    10. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's paper, nor any thing that is thy neighbor's.