Joshua & Sarah Vaughn
Joshua and Sarah Vaughn, founders of KLIP International, have been in education for more than 17 years. After serving in missions for over a decade, and Joshua having traveled and served in over 30 countries, they were called back to the USA with a desire to see a ‘Daniel Generation’ raised up. The Vaughn’s career began at a daycare in Florida before they began their own family. Now, with 6 children - Isabella, Leilani, Joshua II, Sophie, William and Jude - they are joyfully answering God’s calling and serving families in California’s Central Valley.
The heart cry of the Vaughn’s is that of William Bradford: “Thus out of small beginnings greater things have been produced by His hand that made all things of nothing, and gives being to all things that are; and, as one small candle may light a thousand, so the light here kindled hath shone unto many, yea in some sort to our whole nation.”
Wes (a native to Alabama) and Emili (a native to Venezuela) met in Tyler, Texas while attending Teachers for the Nations teacher training school. They have 5 childre, Samuel, Josiah, Gabriel, Christian, and Melina. Wes earned a BA in Physical Education from Auburn University while Emili studied Agronomy Engineering in Venezuela. Both have a huge heart for family, education, and foreign missions and will one day be an arm to KLIP in Latin America. While Wes teaches full time at KLIP, Emili is busy with the little ones and serving the school during special events and field trips. They see education as a vital part of raising Biblical families that will impact the nations for God’s kingdom.
Wes & Emili Plumley
Yolanda Villa was born and raised in Los Banos, CA. She attended California State University Fresno, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology with a minor in Chemistry. After a one year internship at Community Regional Medical Center she passed the California State board exam for licensure as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist and licensed with the American Clinical Society of Pathologists. Yolanda worked for Valley Medical Center for four years and has been employed at Community Regional Medical Center for the past 28 years. She has been married to Cesario Herrera, a retired high school teacher, for 28 years and they have 6 wonderful children, three who attend KLIP. In Yolanda's words, "God has been gracious in blessing me with a family to raise for His Kingdom, and blessed us with a home in Clovis, CA."
Margaret Palms came to serve at KLIP after homeschooling her eldest son for ten years and then working in the public school system for 15 years as an independent-study teacher. Margaret's life calling and great passion has always been teaching. But, she longed for a better way to teach children than she had yet experienced. In 2014, the Lord brought KLIP school into her life as His answer to the desires of her heart. She now teaches full-time at KLIP as the primary middle school teacher.
Along with her husband John and a odd assortment of pets, she lives in Kingsburg, CA, just a short drive from the school. Margaret enjoys farming, quilting, cooking, loving life and loving God. She and John have two grown sons, a beautiful daughter-in-law, and a sweet grand-daughter.
Lorena is a California native and daughter of our other teacher, Yolanda Villa. She came to KLIP as a student and was our first graduate. As Lorena was a student, we could easily see she had not only a passion for art but also a gift. After graduating, Lorena assisted Mrs. Sarah for a year in KLIP's art department and has now taken over as our elementary school art teacher. Our students love having her as their teacher and she inspires them to be the best artist they can be!
When Lorena is not teaching, she has a passion for painting. She also loves to hike in the mountains, spend time at the beach, and stay up to date on all new movies.