What is your role with The Center and what are you most excited about?
My role with The Center is an Early Childhood Specialist. I am most excited about the opportunity to help our early childhood teachers achieve their Ancillary Certification, along with coaching best practices in the early childhood sector.
What is your background?
Ashley Robinson is a native of New Orleans. She graduated from Dillard University with her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education. She began her teaching career in 2007 gaining experience in elementary and middle school. In 2012, she transitioned her career as a Pre-K teacher and became a LA-4 Coordinator. The advancement continued after the success of the first year of the program. The program expanded the second year and she transitioned into another role as an Instructional Early Childhood Coach. Ashley became a certified CLASS Pre-K observer and joined various early childhood affiliations, along with other certifications. After years in this role, in 2017, she decided to take her career to the next level to help other early childhood professionals overcome challenges across the region. Ashley became a certified CLASS Infant and Toddler observer along with her Pre-K, LA Pathways Trainer, CDA PD Specialist, NAPSACC Consultant, etc. To this day, she is still fulfilling the need of helping early childhood educators achieve their goals through coaching, specialized trainings, obtaining their CDA, etc. Ashley also serves on LAAEYC as the Member-at-Large for the Crossroads region.
What is your favorite childhood book or literacy memory?
My favorite childhood book memory was the Berenstain Bears collection. Every time I received a new book, I was so happy to drive in and begin reading. As I got older, my mom began to purchase the Baby Sitters Club collection. I fell in love with those too and even became a babysitter for my neighbor.
Flashback to when you were 10 years old, what did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was 10 years old, I would stack all my stuffed animals and dolls in a roll. I would give each one a piece of paper and I would begin teaching them content I learn from school. As I think back on my childhood and where I am today, I always knew and wanted to be an educator.