Campus Secondary 2015 Teacher of the Year - Ashley Westhaver

Ashley Westhaver
Northbrook Middle School
8th Grade - Science

Education
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md., Master of Science in Educational Leadership, 2015
California State University, Chico, Calif., Bachelor Science in Animal Science

Teaching History
Northbrook Middle School, 7th-8th Grade Science, 2013-Present

Total Years in Education - 2 years

In her own words . . .

“Nelson Mandela is quoted as saying, ‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” As an eighth-grade teacher, my students are on the brink of entering their adult lives, yet still young enough to have their path altered by a transformational education. . . . I am thankful for every day I get to spend with them because it marks another opportunity to equip my students with the tools they will need to make it to and through college.”

In the words of others . . .

“Her students will tell you that ‘Mrs. Westhaver is my favorite teacher because she wants me to do the work and be successful.’ This high compliment tells me that students feel accepted. They know she cares and will always help them.”
- Lesli Brown, Interdisciplinary Instructional Coach

“Ashley is among the top performing teachers that I have had a chance to work with. Not only are her students reaching top results inside and outside of the classroom, but she is the ultimate professional who has taken leadership roles at her school and within our Teach for America community.”
- Stephanie Taylor, Teacher Leadership Development Director, Teach for America-Houston

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