Ashley Watson-Stroud, PhD
What is your role with The Center and what are you most excited about?
I am one of the Regional Literacy Specialists for Region 8. I am excited about building relationships with my Literacy Coaches and working alongside them to align instructional practices with the Science of Reading.
What is your background?
I am a Certified Reading Specialist with a Ph.D. from Louisiana State University in Curriculum and Instruction. This is year seventeen for me in the field of education. When I was a teacher, I taught second, third, fourth, and fifth grade.
What is your favorite childhood book or literacy memory?
My favorite books were the Ramona Quimby books by Beverly Cleary. I loved reading about how Ramona wore her pajamas to school under her clothes because she loved them so much. As a child, I was never to be found without a book. As an adult, this still holds true.
Flashback to when you were 10 years old, what did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was ten, I wanted to be either a teacher or a nurse. When I entered college, I was still debating between the two. I found my passion in the field of education.