Natalie Sanks Vaughn

Mrs. Natalie S. Vaughn was a former principal, teacher and guidance counselor who worked in the Alexandria Public School System from 1958 to 1983.  She retired as a principal of Lyles-Crouch Elementary School.

Mrs. Vaughn was principal of Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson and John Tyler elementary schools before joining the Lyles-Crouch faculty for the last few years of her career. Earlier, she was an assistant principal at Charles Houston and Cora Kelly elementary schools.

Natalie Sanks was born in Alexandria and graduated in 1937 from Dunbar High School in Washington, DC. She was a 1941 graduate of what is now Morgan State University in Baltimore and received a master’s degree in guidance and personnel from New York University.

In her early career, she taught history at Kittrell College in North Carolina and was assistant dean of women at North Carolina A&T University and was social director for what is now Bowie State University in Maryland.

She was a lifetime member of Roberts Memorial United Methodist Church in Alexandria, where she taught Sunday school and was a member of the administrative board. She was a past Northern Virginia chapter president of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and her other memberships included the National Urban League and Jack and Jill of America, an elite social organization for black families.

Her husband, William W. Vaughn, whom she married in 1942, died in 1983 and her daughter, Judith Vaughn is a member of Project Discovery Alexandria’s Advisory Board.

Mrs. Vaughn lived a full life where she graciously gave back to her church, her sorority, the community and the Alexandria City Public School System.

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