Stephen Vaughn, Founder + Chief Dream Chaser
Stephen Vaughn, a husband, a father, and a former Physical Education teacher of nearly 10 years embarked on the ultimate dream chasing journey of creating X2F. He exited his teaching career in 2013 just after winning teach of the year at his school as he felt the unavoidable pull to create and grow X2F across the nation.
Through the loss of his father and the passion he had for teaching kids, the development of X2F became his calling.
"Empowering more kids to pursue their dreams and learning what it takes to do so has become something that burns inside of me. I think this world needs more Dream Chasers and X2F is without a doubt creating more traction for kids to do so."
Stephen acquired his ACE fitness instructor certification in 2015 and drew on that experience while developing the X2F curriculum, with the goal being to engage kids and correlate having fun while being active to chasing dreams.
Stephen is also the co-author of a book called, How To Catch A Star.
Jason Pavelchak, VP of Operations
Jason Pavelchak taught at Providence Spring Elementary in Charlotte, NC for 11 years. He was a classroom teacher, starting out in second grade and then moving to fourth grade to teach for 9 years.
During his teaching career, Jason was National Board Certified as well as a Smart Exemplary Educator. He was recognized as teacher of the year at the school during that time and was involved in multiple leadership roles.
Jason coached the pilot season of X2F in the fall of 2011, and within a year was helping to write the curriculum. His passion to impact more kids to chase their dreams and see X2F grow across the nation pulled him out of teaching in June, 2016, to take on his current role with Xcel 2 Fitness.