Dave Vaughn is one of the first people Glens Falls High School students see in the morning, and one of the last people they see on their way out the door in the afternoon. And by and large, that’s a great thing.
“Dave's official title is a building aide,” says principal Mark Stratton. “However, he is much more than that. He is our ‘eyes and ears’ of the building, and often resolves issues before they get to the administration. In my opinion, he is like having a full-time security guard here.”
Dr. Stratton remarks that school safety has improved tremendously since Mr. Vaughn started at Glens Falls nearly seven years ago, after finishing a 25-year career with New York State. “He is largely responsible for our progress, as he served as an integral member of our safety team,” says Dr. Stratton. “I am proud of the structured environment in the high school, and Dave has a lot to do with that.”
Although his duties can be as varied as chaperoning evening events at the school, keeping an eye on the lunchroom, or helping “direct traffic” in the busiest hallway intersections, Mr. Vaughn says the most rewarding part of the job is the contact he has with individual students.
“I pretty much see every student, every day, ether in the halls or in the cafeteria,” Mr. Vaughn says. “I believe they know that if they need something, all they have do is find me and we will try to work that need out. I enjoy being able to help them out.”
“Dave has established strong relationships with most of our students,” says Dr. Stratton. “Most importantly, the students genuinely like him, and therefore listen to his direction.”
Mr. Vaughn grew up in the area, and is an alumnus of Hudson Falls high school. His colleagues describe him as “the epitome of a team player,” and someone who can always be counted on to help out before and after school hours—and the bunch of students who hang out in the lobby with Mr. Vaughn every day before homeroom agree.