Ashley Holder graduated from Allen County-Scottsville High School in 2013 and Western Kentucky University in 2017. The Elementary Education major is excited to step into a fourth grade classroom---the classroom of a former teacher of hers.
“I’m super-excited,” Holder said. “I love the age group. I did my student-teaching at that age and I loved being with them. I’m excited also because I feel like God placed me in this position. Also, I’m replacing Lori Blankenship who retired and she was my fourth grade teacher.”
Holder adds that a teaching career is a life-long dream.
“I have always wanted to be a teacher,” Holder explained. “Ever since I was little I have imagined having my own classroom. To, growing up, I was involved in cheerleading and got to be a little league cheer coach and that helped me to see even more that I wanted to be a teacher because I had the chance to actually teach kids.”
When asked what students and parents can expect in her classroom, Holder talked about creating a positive, fun, learning environment.
“Kids can expect a positive, uplifting classroom,” Holder noted. “They can come in and learn and make mistakes and then learn from their mistakes. They will have fun. We will have a positive classroom. I also want them to know that they can achieve anything. They have the potential to do anything they want to do. Parents should know that I want the best for their child. I will have open communication with parents. If they have questions or concerns, they can ask me anything at any time. Parents are a huge support system for their kids and their education.”
When she is away from school, Holder enjoys reading, baking, and spending time with her family. Holder also loves cheerleading---part of the reason that Holder will also serve at the cheer coach this year at the James E. Bazzell Middle School.
“I will try to instill in the cheerleaders at the middle school that with hard work, you can achieve anything,” Holder added. “I want them to have fun.”