Hi everyone! I'm Ashleigh, and I'm thrilled that you're here!
I'm currently working on my 11th year teaching, which absolutely blows my mind! I can't believe I've been teaching for one-third of my life! I graduated from Florida State in December of 2002 and started teaching the following January at the ripe old age of 21 years. I started teaching in third grade and was later moved to fourth grade, which I loved. After three years in fourth grade, I was moved back down to third grade, and I'm still there today! I teach in a Title One school that has absolutely amazing teachers and students. I also teach in a school that doesn't have any textbooks and teaches through the workshop, so I had quickly had to learn to create my own teaching materials that would lend themselves to reading, writing, and math workshop.
After I started teaching, I went back to school for my Master's in Curriculum and Instruction, and then I had the bright idea to go back for yet another degree. I got my Specialist's in Brain Research, which officially makes me a big nerd, but it was absolutely fascinating to learn how my students learn. I've since earned my gifted endorsement, which I highly recommend I'm not the "gifted teacher", but it was a valuable learning experience for me.
My life outside of teaching is what keeps me really busy! I've been married for ten years as of March 2013. He's definitely my best friend and the only person who could ever put up with someone as quirky as me!
I have two children who are absolutely the light of my life.
My daughter is four and started preK this year. I had no idea how she's already old enough to be in school! She is my mini-me and has more passion, spunk, and enthusiasm for life than anyone I know. Along with all of that passions comes a healthy dose of stubbornness and a bit of a diva, and I wouldn't change a thing.
My son is eleven months old, and he is the most laid-back little guy. He's just so sweet natured and easy going. I'm trying my best to slow down time so I can enjoy these last few moments of him being a baby. There are few things that grab my heart the way he does when his entire face lights up whenever he sees me or hears my voice. He's also a bit of an escape artist and gets out of his pajamas almost every night.
I could go on and on about them, but I won't. Let's just say that these two keep my completely busy every waking second of the day. Almost all of my work gets done after they go to bed!
I love traveling and would love to go to all kinds of places, but I want to wait the kids are a little older before we do anything major. I also love almost anything to do with the water. Give me a book and some water, and I'm a happy girl! This summer I actually learned to wake board, which was good for me, since I'm the most uncoordinated person you'll ever know!
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