College of Education and Human Services
“Once I left the public-school classroom to pursue doctoral work, I was able to expand my love for the classroom even further, by teaching pre-service teachers, who then go on to touch the lives of school children.”
She wants her students to know that working with children is a way to profoundly influence lives and that teachers directly impact students and their academic success in ways nobody else can.
She points out that her students are constantly teaching her, as well.
“They bring new ideas and challenge my thinking.”
Because all her courses are online, she strives to develop a relationship with the students in her classes by conducting weekly Friday video updates, personal check-ins, audio recordings for assignments, and by having virtual office hours.
“Doing all these things removes the technology barrier to a more human experience.”
Virtual experiences are now the norm and Ashley even observes student teachers in the classroom using virtual technology.
“This is something we were already doing before Covid-19, but it will be even more common in the future.”