Degrees and Certifications:
Mrs. Ashley Conklin
My passion for teaching started when I was in high school. I had a biology teacher with so much passion for her students, her content, and life! She was a diverse teacher in her methods and she was able to reach each student because of those methods and her passion. Since being in her classroom, I have had the drive to do the same for other learners. I went to the College of Lake County where I played soccer and earned my Associate's Degree. I transferred to Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin where I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education with a minor in mathematics. From there, I wanted to learn more so I went back to school and earned my Learning Behavior Specialist Endorsement from the University of Phoenix. This allowed me to specialize in both elementary education and special education.
I have been teaching special education since 2012. I have taught kindergarten through eighth grade. I started my career teaching cross categorical special education for grades Kindergarten through second grade for two years. I then transitioned to a 3-5 grade cross categorical special education and taught within that environment for one year. Then, I was presented with the opportunity to create a special education classroom for students who needed additional help with self-regulation, communication, and executive functioning. This became known as the CHAMPS classroom and serviced students with emotional disabilities and executive functioning struggles. I taught within this capacity for 8 years.
All of these experiences led me to Village Elementary School where I am teaching within the Intermediate LAB Classroom. I am looking forward to using my prior experiences and knowledge in combination with what I learn from my collegues and professional development to assist all of my students to feel valued, worthy, and successful!