Ashley launched our Marin campus in 2013 and continues to serve there as Head of School. Before joining Fusion, Ashley spent six years developing and leading another successful one-to-one school in Silicon Valley.
Born and raised in the foothills of the Ohio Appalachians, Ashley accelerated her time in high school and graduated with a BS from Boston University at age 19 – she understands first-hand the value of a self-paced, student-led education. Ashley found her passion for pedagogy as an English, social studies and photography teacher at a one-to-one school in Los Altos, CA, where she went on to serve as English and Art Department Head, Post-Secondary Counselor, Assistant Director, and then Director.
Curriculum development is her first love. As a workshop facilitator for UC Doorways, Ashley trained high school teachers and administrators to develop and submit academic and career technical coursework. She also worked with Bill Gates’ think tank bgC3 to write the UC Doorways course application for their online course called “Big History” – the history of the universe from the Big Bang to now! – and stayed on as a pilot teacher and curriculum consultant. Ashley also founded a blended-learning social justice program, and has served as a consultant for the California Department of Education, a WASC Self-Study Coordinator and Visiting Committee Member, and a textbook editor for Barron’s publishing.
A true Fusionite, the arts inspire Ashley! She spends almost all her free time studying and performing New York-style salsa dance, and prior she taught vintage jazz dances – Lindy Hop, ‘20s Charleston, and Balboa – along with photography workshops. She studied at California College of the Arts in Oakland, and has curated art and music shows. And for better or worse, she can’t ever sing enough Karaoke.