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Freya Vaughn

English, College Counseling

BA Natural Science, San Jose State University

Teacher Certificate: middle school generalist, Biology K-12, Literature and Language K-12

If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite.

William Blake

New to Spring Street this year, Freya joins the community along with her middle school-aged sons, Julius and Maxwell. Japan has been home for the past twenty years. No stranger to the island, though, as the boys have visited and it was Freya’s last home in America before setting out to teach abroad in 2003. Freya’s teaching stints abroad have included ten years at Doshisha International School, Kyoto In English and College Counseling, two years at Thüringen International School in Weimar Germany, as well as several years teaching in Tokyo, Bahrain, and Hiroshima.

Outdoor education, personal/analytical writing and the expressive arts of dance and theater have been constants in Freya’s 30 years of teaching. Her early teaching experiences involved being an outdoor educator and animal curator in California. Handling birds of prey and other animals and leading groups in diverse subjects helped her to value and be comfortable with immediacy as a learning variable. 

A huge fan of live arts and fresh food, don’t be surprised to see her at the theater, on a dance floor, or at the farmers’ market.