Ms. Ashker has a B.A. in English and teaching credential from San Diego State University, along with a M.S. in Education with a specialization in Adolescent Literacy and Technology from Walden University. She has 17 years teaching experience in English and Intensive Reading–all in high school—and is Reading and ESOL endorsed. Ms. Ashker started teaching in San Diego, then taught overseas in Colombia, before moving to Duval, and then to St. Johns. She has experience in both public and private school systems. This is her 4th year in St. Johns County teaching at Creekside. In addition to her classroom responsibilities, she also sponsors the Do Something Club, Hugs Across the County, and Check-Cetera.
For three years prior to coming to Creekside, Ms. Ashker served as an ELA/Reading Secondary Specialist in Duval County, which included district-wide curriculum and assessment writing, training and coaching support to Instructional Leadership Coaches, and creating and facilitating district-wide professional development. She is currently one of the instructors for the online ESOL classes provided by the district. Each spring, she also scores new teacher portfolios through edTPA, which is the final step for many novice teachers to earn their teaching licenses.
Message from Ms. Ashker: I have thoroughly enjoyed my career in education, and I am so excited to work with students who have shown an interest in the teaching profession! As the academy continues to grow, students will gain more experience working with diverse populations, earn mentorship opportunities with community partners, and gain confidence as they develop their craft. Even if you are unsure about a future career in teaching, this academy still helps you develop public speaking skills, empathy, and a new way of thinking about taking an active role in your education. I look forward to seeing you in class!