Ashley is elated to be a Fusionite! Before joining Fusion, Ashley spent six years developing and leading another successful one-to-one high school in Los Altos, California.
At age 19 Ashley earned a BS with honors from Boston University – she understands first-hand the value of a self-paced education. Ashley found her passion for pedagogy as a one-to-one English and social studies teacher and, prior to her current post as Head of School at Fusion Marin, at another one-to-one school she served as English and Art Department Chair, Assistant Director, and then Director.
As a workshop facilitator for UC Doorways – the high school articulation unit of the University of California Office of the President – Ashley trains high school teachers and administrators to develop and submit academic and career technical coursework.
Last year she was recruited by Bill Gates’ think tank bgC3 to write the UC Doorways course application for a new curriculum called “Big History” – the history of the universe from the Big Bang to now! – and she stayed on as a pilot teacher. And as the founder of MySocialJustice.org, Ashley developed a blended-learning social justice course.
Ashley is 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.
The arts inspire Ashley! She teaches 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. Born and raised in the foothills of the Ohio Appalachians, Ashley now spends weekends hiking to the German Tourist Club on Mt. Tam or venturing south to Big Sur. She loves karaoke, picnics, California rock ‘n’ roll (Burger Records!), and what she calls “thonning,” short for “marathon hanging out.”