Phone: 864-949-2320


Degrees and Certifications:

BA in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, Master's Degree Elementary Education, Master's Degree in Information and Library Science, National Board Certified in Library Media

Mrs. Candi Vaughn

I am the Media Specialist at the Byrnes Freshman Academy and this is my 30th year working with District Five.  I began my career as an English teacher at D.R. Hill Middle School. I was asked to become the Media Specialist after being in the classroom for 7 years.  I was excited to have the opportunity to share my love for reading with students full time. I left D.R. Hill and opened the Media Center at Florence Chapel.  When the Freshman Academy was moved to the old D.R. Hill building, I was asked to open this media center as well.  I have come full circle and I love this building and the staff with whom I work.  I also spend a good deal of time working with teachers and students during special projects and research papers, so I get to continue to teach.  I am a graduate of Converse College with a BA in Early Childhood and Elementary Education.  I have a Master's Degree from Converse in Elementary Education and a Master's of Information and Library Sciences from the University of South Carolina.  I am a National Board Certified Teacher in Literacy for children and Young Adults.  I belong to several professional organizations to stay current with trends in Adolescent literature.  I also serve on the South Carolina Selection Committee for the Young Adult Book Award Nominees in Columbia.  All of this helps me be a better educator and resource for your child.  I love learning and I hope I inspire students to get excited about reading and learning.