Kelly Vaughan majored in Human Biology at Stanford University. After graduating, she joined Teach For America and taught middle school science at CJHS 145 in the Bronx for two years. She then joined a team of teachers to found a new small middle school, Mott Hall III, where she taught science, planned the annual Science Expo, and wore many other hats. In 2006-07, she taught at a private school in Istanbul, Turkey, as part of the Fulbright Teacher Exchange. Kelly blogged anonymously for five years about her experiences in and out of the classroom.