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Ashley Smith – Kindergarten

Ashley Smith

Biography

I am originally from New England where most of my extended family still live. My family moved to Florida when I was a young teen. I am the second oldest out of five kids and we grew up in a household where academics and athletics were very important. I received a full athletic scholarship to the University of Wisconsin where I earned a degree in Sociology. Upon graduation I worked for CBS Radio and Clear Channel Communications as a Sales Executive. I quickly learned that selling airtime to local businesses was not something I was passionate about. 
 
I went back to school and received my Early Childhood Teaching License from Kendall College. While in school I started working at Roycemore as the Pre-K Teaching Assistant. This is where I began to fall in love with teaching and working with little kids. After I received my license I became the Pre-K teacher at Roycemore. I taught Pre-K for three years and am now the Kindergarten teacher. 
 
I currently live in Skokie with my husband, daughter, and two four-legged friends – Madison and Mr. Boots. My husband Jeff and I have been married for six years. I enjoy spending time with my family, going on long bike rides, cooking and trying new recipes, online shopping, and binge watching my favorite TV shows.

Education

  • B.A. (Sociology) University of Wisconsin
  • Professional Educator Licensure (Early Childhood Education) Kendall College

Favorite Quote/Fun Fact

“Be the reason someone smiles today.”

Why do you teach? What is the impact you hope to make on students?

Teaching is a personally rewarding profession.  It is a great pleasure and privilege watching my students personalities grow day by day and see how they develop in their learning.  I get to experience things with them for the first time and see the excitement in their eyes. There is never a dull moment and no day is ever the same. It also doesn’t hurt to have summers off!

Why Roycemore?

When I began my teaching career, it began at Roycemore. I knew from day one that something special was happening here.  Almost six years later, it still feels that way!