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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

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!