Hello! I’m Ms. Ashley and I’m excited to be back at Mountain School this year. This will be my second year at Mountain School and the start of my tenth year teaching.
Previously, I have taught fourth grade in Phoenix, fourth grade in Laramie, Wyoming, sixth grade in Tolleson, AZ, and fourth grade in Gilbert, AZ. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2007 with my degree in elementary education and a minor in language arts.
My husband and I moved to Flagstaff last year and love it! We have moved a lot, but we love Flagstaff so much we are hoping to make it our permanent home. When I’m not teaching I like to spend time with my daughter, husband, and pets (a black lab and two cats). We love hiking (Well, everyone except the cats loves hiking). I also love to bake. You name it…cookies, candies, fudge, breads, muffins…I bake it.
This year I’m looking forward to getting our classroom organized and trying new projects in the classroom. Last year, was a year of big changes for me (new job, new city, new baby) and that meant I was not as organized as I usually am. This year I am excited to be working on a binder system that will help keep everyone more organized. I am also planning on more field trips this year. The entire class will get to go on the river trip with Ms. Joni’s class this year and all fifth graders will be doing the Zion trip at the end of the year. I am planning on going to Lowell Observatory and the Arboretum to support our science standards. I thought it would be fun to get outdoors and do some hikes as well (right now I’m thinking Veit Spring and Griffiths Spring).
To stick with my teaching philosophy that students learn best by doing, we will be completing several large projects throughout the year to help address our science and social studies standards. We will do the Economic Fair again this year. I know last year’s groups have already thought of how to improve on their products. We will also be doing a STEAM Fair and the Academic Fair. I also do a lot of group work and cooperative learning in my classroom. It is important for our students to know how to work with and respect all people in our classroom. I pull small groups for math and ELA to ensure each student is getting the most appropriate support.
For those of you who are new to my class, I can’t wait to meet you! For those of you who are returning for fifth grade, I’m excited to see you again! Please check out the supply list under the Class News link. Have a wonderful rest of your summer and I’ll see you soon!