My name is Ashley Jones and I am excited to start my 12th year in education as one of the two new S.T.E.A.M. Instructional & Design Coaches in Highland Park ISD.
Growing up, I did not like school and made it my mission to tackle teaching how I wish it was taught to me. I built my classroom around relationships, inquiry and creation. I value teaching the smallest learners how to be good humans who try, help others and value themselves.
In 2006, I started as a Physical Education Assistant and Substitute teacher in the Garland and Richardson ISDs before landing a 3rd grade position at Audelia Creek Elementary in Richardson ISD. While there, I taught 3rd grade Math and Science and then, 3rd grade self-contained.
In 2013, I moved to the rolling hills of Georgetown where I was a 2nd grade self-contained teacher at Jack Frost Elementary. In three years, I earned various accolades including Teacher of the Year, Krispy Kreme Teacher of the Year State Finalist and HEB Excellence in Education State Finalist.
Missing home, I moved back to the DFW area in 2016 where I rejoined Richardson ISD as a 3rd grade self-contained teacher at Hamilton Park Pacesetter Magnet.
I ended my time in the classroom with one of my best and most "bucket-filled" years ever as Richardson ISD’s 2018 Elementary Teacher of the Year and Lake Highlands Most Innovative Teacher.
I am a Proud Baylor Bear (B.A. Journalism & Telecommunications, 2006) and Kansas State Wildcat (M.S. Curriculum & Instruction Digital Teaching and Learning, 2016) and when I am not in the Administration Building, you can find me “Fixer Upper-ing” my new house or spending time with family and friends.