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Ashley Smith – Kindergarten

Ashley Smith

Biography

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

Education

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

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!