B.S. in Elementary Education, Western Michigan University. Ashley began her career teaching 4th grade in Detroit, MI over four years ago. She then moved back to her hometown and taught 4th grade and 1st grade in Benton Harbor, MI. She is currently a 4th grade teacher at Hyde Leadership Charter School in the Bronx, where she teaches 4th grade writing and guided reading and has helped develop the ELA curriculum for the 4th grade. Ashley aspires to one day open her own charter school that fosters the individuality of each student and offers many outlets for creative expression. Ashley believes that learning is a unique experience that is different for each child and therefore should be approached differently. With this approach to teaching, Ashley hopes to come closer to truly closing the achievement gap in our schools.