Lisa Vaughn – Backs into Running

By Bob Slowpants

Lisa Vaughn grew up in Commerce, GA, when the locals did not know what an outlet mall was. She graduated from Commerce High School in 1994. Lisa continued her education, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree from Berry College. At Berry, Lisa was a member of the student activities board and served as treasurer of her senior class.  Lisa entered the teaching profession as high school teacher of home economics for seven years, teaching for two years at Jackson County High and five years at her alma mater, Commerce High. While teaching, Lisa earned a Master of Education and Doctor of Education degrees form the University of Georgia. The advanced degrees were acknowledged in the job market as Lisa accepted the position of school administrator in Oconee County and she and her nine-year-old Yorkie, Daisey, self-deported to Watkinsville, GA. 

Lisa currently is the assistant principal at Malcom Bridge Middle School in Bogart, GA. Lisa is a people person and relishes mingling with the eleven hundred students at Malcolm Bridge. She is a member of Price Avenue Baptist Church, also in Bogart, and serves in both the women’s ministry and the music ministry of the church.  Lisa recently enrolled in on-line courses at Southeastern Baptist Theology Seminary to increase her knowledge and ability to serve at Prince Avenue Baptist.   Lisa is also involved in a Watkinsville theater company called Brightstone Productions. Lisa has been in several shows and has worked backstage as stage manager.  

Lisa found 2018 challenging. Her mother passed away unexpectedly on July 20th. Two weeks later Lisa was diagnosed with a herniated disc in her lower back that took her away from her racing family at the time she needed them the most. Lisa underwent back surgery on October 25tth and again on November 20th. Post-operative physical theory was rigorous due to Lisa’s goal to return to running as soon as permissible. She was cleared to participate in running again in late March 2019.

Lisa’s first competitive race was the Missions 5K at Watkinsville’s Briarwood Baptist. Her favorite races are in the Clover Glove series because they focus on two of her loves – running and young people. The Peachtree Road Race is a favorite with this July’s participation being her sixth Peachtree. Lisa’s favorite part of running is the close-knit running family that has a reunion each Saturday. She says she has “… met so many friends through running” and looks forward to seeing them each weekend. She also enjoys challenging herself, which is why she started running. Her favorite distance is 5K, and her post-back-surgery goal is to achieve her PR.  Lisa has completed several half-marathons, with her first being the AtlHalf in 2015. She has completed several Chick-Fil-A half-marathons, as well as the Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon. The future includes travel to different states to run in races.  Bob, checking out from the back of the pack. Watch for the June profile on Augusta’s Steve Strickland, and the July profile of Amber Mann.


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