Each Friday during the school year, we will spotlight one of our M3T Fellows. This week, let’s meet Ashley Wilson from Guyan Valley Middle School!
M3T Noyce Fellow – Cohort 2
Middle School Mathematics Teacher
Guyan Valley Middle School
Lincoln County Schools
Number of years teaching: 12
Positions and Roles: 8th Grade Math Teacher, Teacher Leadership Team, Math Department Chair, Teacher Mentor, Math4Life District Team, District Math Team
Professional awards, distinctions, and points of pride: M3T Fellow, professional development presenter at school and district level, district math committee, school hiring committee
Interesting personal facts: She and her husband are youth pastors at their church; they have three sons, Cooper (13), Coy (9), and Marshall (5); they are avid Marshall Thundering Herd fans and are football season ticket holders; she sings and plays piano; she loves to crochet and make blankets
Why are you excited to be part of the M3T project?
“I am excited to be a part of this fellowship so that I can make connections with other professionals across the state and work collaboratively to better improve myself as an educator, and a leader, in my school and district. I am a lifelong learner. I do not believe in settling, and I continuously strive to make myself better in all aspects of life.”
Why do you teach mathematics?
“I firmly believe that teaching is a calling. I knew since I was in 7th grade, that I wanted to teach Middle School Math. Many would describe me as a ‘people-person’ as I love people and love helping everyone–this includes my students. As long as they’re willing, I’m willing to do what needs to be done to see my students excel and thrive, not just in math, but in all areas of life.”
What are you focused on improving about mathematics teaching?
“My focus would be on ways/strategies that foster student-focused learning in my classroom. I do feel that I do my share of direct teaching in my classroom, but I would like to implement engaging strategies that draw my students in. I would like to find ways for my students to take ownership of their learning, while pushing them to new levels of understanding.”
Check in each week on #M3TFellowFriday throughout the school year to meet another M3T Fellow. You can find a listing of all of the M3T Fellows and stay up-to-date with the work of the M3T network at our website, http://m3twv.org. You can also follow us on Twitter, @m3t_wv.