My name is Ashley Gates and I have two preschool classes. The AM session is from 8:05 - 11:05
and then the PM session is from 11:15 - 2:15.
I received my bachelor's degree from Eastern Kentucky University with a dual major in Elementary Education as well as Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education. I earned an additional certification in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (IECE) from the University of Kentucky. I most recently finished my Master's Degree in Reading and Writing Specialist from the University of the Cumberlands. I am currently working on my Principal Certification and will be done in December 2019! YAY!!
This is my 12th year teaching and I enjoy each day in the classroom with the tiny humans I get to love on and help grow. I started my career in the Pulaski County School System at Burnside Elementary as a 2nd grade teacher from 2007-2008. From there, I spent a year as an AmeriCorps worker at Nancy Elementary where I helped students improve their Reading and Math skills.
In 2009, I moved to the Somerset Independent School District where I spent the first 5 years splitting my day between preschool and students with hearing impairments. Due to an ever growing preschool program, I am currently teaching preschool all day. I love my job and look forward to spending many more years in the classroom!
Classroom Thoughts and Feelings
I feel that as a parent, you are your child's first teacher and therefore, you have a major impact on how well they feel about school, perform in school, and even how sucessful they can be. Supporting your child in all they do is very important I feel that this is something that can carry over into the classroom too! Any time a parent wishes to volunteer in the room to read, share an experience that relates to something we are learning about, bring in supplies for a party, chaperone a field-trip, etc. I will do my best to accomodate your wishes!! Checking your child's backpack for notes or announcements, or just to see what work/projects they have brought home is something that I feel is very beneficial to not only your child, but to you as a parent or family member too! Keeping good communication between the classroom and home bridges the gap so that the child is receiving the best support that he or she can possibly get!
Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you!