Position: Preschool Teacher
School: Williamstown Elementary School
School District: Central Vermont Supervisory Union
City, State: Williamstown, VT
Music that Describes Ashley
Ashley MacCormack's nominator would like to remain anonymous.
Ms. MacCormack is a very thoughtful, caring teacher. All students love her, and all parents want her to teach their children. Prior students see her and always make it a point to stop and say hello. She is respected by her co-workers and students' parents.
Preschool is the most important first step in formal schooling, and she wants all her students to have a positive experience. She teaches the core curriculum where all the fundamentals are met, but her teaching method doesn't stop there. It's not all about technology. She is more about teaching her young students to make good choices, to have social relationships, and to have discussions using words, not anger. She teaches them to control their actions and emotions, to follow directions, to get involved, and to get along with others.
Ms. MacCormack goes above and beyond the requirements of a preschool teacher. Her week doesn't always end on a Friday. She has been known to arrange a few weekend family outings, from providing free tickets for a museum entry, to organizing an apple orchard trip for her students and their families, all on a Saturday.
Her classes have planted seeds, nurtured the plants, and watched the outcome of their hard work. She has mentored high school students with potential interest in teaching and gives feedback on their projects.
Ms. MacCormack has written grants for supplies in her classroom. There are always spare clothes for students who have forgotten to bring them from home or have a need because of an emergency. She shares toys and stuffed animals and has done potty training for those who need it. Like all teachers, she is always finding or buying items for her room.
She celebrates her students' accomplishments in many ways, such as by throwing a pajama day or two. She loves to teach them life skills such as cooking and following recipe directions. They have made waffles and even pancakes from scratch.
"The changes she is making in her students' lives are subtle, but all her students remember her with love," said the nominator. "She is a very dedicated teacher and a loving mom. She is very deserving of this!"