Q: Where were you born?
ASHLEY: Sidney, Nebraska
Q: Where did you complete your post-secondary education?
ASHLEY: I graduated from Chadron State College in 2006 with my Bachelors of Arts with a double major in psychology and substance abuse. I am currently on my final year in the alternative school counseling program through Chadron State College with an expected graduation date of May 2020.
Q: Do you have any endorsements?
ASHLEY: I currently have a provisional endorsement to work as a school counselor.
Q: Who/what experiences inspired you to pursue teaching?
ASHLEY: Having children of my own has inspired me to want to help other children. I want to see kids succeed in life, just as much as I would want my own children to succeed. I am passionate about helping people and love working with kids and their families.
Q: What is your teaching experience?
ASHLEY: This will be my first year as a school counselor. Prior to this upcoming school year I worked in the recovery classroom at Lincoln Elementary and also had the opportunity to complete my school counseling practicum and internship.
Q: What aspect of teaching do you enjoy most?
ASHLEY: I love working with kids and seeing them grow. It’s a privilege to have this opportunity and be able to connect to students, help them to see their potential, and assist them to utilize their strengths to be successful.
Q: What is your teaching philosophy?
ASHLEY: I believe every student matters. In addition, every student has potential and it’s up to us as educators to help them see that potential and utilize their strengths to be successful.
Q: What drew you to Gering?
ASHLEY: I live in Gering and enjoy this community. My children attend school in Gering and my husband and I have watched them thrive and grow immensely in their learning environment. I desire to be a part of a great school system that works hard to meet the needs of each student and I believe Gering Public Schools does just that.
Q: What goals do you hope to accomplish this year?
ASHLEY: To build a positive relationship with the students, parents, and staff, to make a difference, and to personally grow and learn within Gering Public Schools.
Q: What advice would you give your students?
ASHLEY: Be kind, treat everyone with respect, and use every mistake as a learning experience.