Upward Bound Staff
The Upward Bound staff is dedicated to helping first generation and low income students to participate in higher education. Many of the Upward Bound staff were the first in their family to attend college.
Office: (360) 867-6028
Cell: (253) 304-1680
I grew up in Tacoma, Washington and graduated from Henry Foss High School in 2003. After high school I attended Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington on the Act Six Scholarship and Leadership Initiative; earning my bachelor's degree in Political Science in 2007. During my undergraduate studies I worked for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D - WA), and Washington State Senator Pat Thibaudeau. I have also worked with a non-profit organization dedicated to community development work in Tacoma.
After my undergraduate work I joined Teach For America, a national movement dedicated to providing all children with a quality education. As a 2007 corps member I taught secondary school students in Atlanta, Georgia and Avondale, Arizona. While teaching I earned my master’s in secondary education from Arizona State University’s College of Teacher Education and Leadership (CTEL) program.
Currently, I am one of the Educational Specialist for the Upward Bound program. My primary responsibility is to manage the academic components of the program to ensure students are prepared and equipped with the skills and knowledge to be successful through high school and into college. I work to develop curriculum, mentor and manage UB instructors, develop workshops, teach classes, and support the overall organization of the program. However, my favorite part of my position is working with the UB students. They continue to challenge and motivate me to contribute to the program effectively and innovatively, so they will have an experience to look back on and remember for the rest of their lives. The UB students are truly a treasure in my life, and I am honored to have the privilege to serve and help them achieve their goals of attaining a post-secondary education.
Office: (360) 867-6012
Fax: (360) 867-5349
Mrs. Vaughan coordinates the Upward Bound program. Mrs. Vaughan is the liaison between Upward Bound and other offices at The Evergreen State College. She provides event coordination support, clerical support, and mentoring to the Upward Bound program. She has obtained her A.A. Degree in Business Administration from South Puget Sound Community College. She is currently working on her B.A. at the Evergreen State College.
Office: (253) 571-3694
Mobile: (360) 742-6072
Joshua Simpson is currently the Upward Bound educational specialist at Lincoln High School in Tacoma. Josh grew up in Ohio and joined the US Army after graduating from high school. While in the Army Josh was stationed and Joint Base Lewis McCord and spent a year in Iraq. After five years, Josh left the military at the rank of Sargent.
After his time in the military, Josh attended the Evergreen State College in Olympia. While an undergraduate at Evergreen, Josh became involved in anti-war and immigrants’ rights work and later founded the veterans’ resource center, Coffee Strong as a college project in 2008. The center is still in existence just celebrated its 5th anniversary and Josh is currently on its board of directors. Josh is also currently a member of the board of directors of the Olympia Food Co-Op. Josh graduated from Evergreen in 2009 earning a bachelor’s of arts with an emphasis on political economy and history. Josh then joined the Masters in Teaching Program at Evergreen and earned his master’s degree in 2011 with endorsements in social studies and middle level humanities.
Before becoming an Educational Specialist for Upward Bound, Josh spent time as an RA in the Upward Bound Program and spent a year at Chief Leschi as a long-term substitute teacher.
Office: (253) 571-6772
Mobile: (360) 584-5105