Ashley joins Transcend as a Partner of Team Learning and Development. Ashley is a Gates Millennium Scholar and graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor’s in Exercise and Sports Science. She is a 2005 alum of the Miami-Dade corps where she served in her placement school as the science chair and lead teacher at Allapattah Middle school for four years where she earned Rookie Teacher of the Year honors.
While teaching she earned her master’s in Educational Leadership at Barry University and served as a leadership liaison to her principal. Since then Ashley has gone on to earn her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction in Urban Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. During her tenure as a graduate student, Ashley served as an adjunct professor in the Middle and Secondary Education Department as well as a research fellow in the Sociology department. Ashley was instrumental in helping the Sociology department secure a National Science Foundation grant from which she has published peer-reviewed articles in addition to her dissertation about the inequity of women of color in STEM.
For the past four years, Ashley has worked in the Teacher Leadership Development department for Teach For America. As the Managing Director of Teacher Leadership Development in Oklahoma City for two years, Ashley managed the ongoing support of Central Oklahoma corps members through the direct supervision of the Teacher Leadership Development team. She also served as the Managing Director for the National Institute Support team where she supported the ongoing development and function of all national Teach For America institutes from 2015-2017. After transitioning from this role, she spent 3 years as the Senior Managing Director of the Philadelphia Institute for Teach For America where she managed the training and development of incoming corps members. In her last year with TFA as the Senior Managing Director of Program Implementation she created and managed the practicum experience for all incoming corps members to Teach For America.