In 2005, Ashley received her B.A. in English and Education from Dartmouth College. After graduation, she traveled to Kenya with two friends from Dartmouth (Fred and Milton Ochieng’) to build a medical clinic in their rural village, Lwala. Between Kenya and Animas, Ashley worked for the International Rescue Committee in Seattle as she led a cultural orientation and English language program for recently resettled refugees; started a project-based learning school-within-a-school at Basalt Middle School; and completed her Master’s in Education Policy, Organization and Leadership at Stanford University. Growing up with the mountains of Colorado as her playground instilled in Ashley a strong sense of place rooted in scree fields, aspen tree groves and small mountain towns. When Ashley’s not in her classroom, you might find her on a remote trail­­– running, mountain biking or skiing. She is thrilled to begin her 8th year of teaching Humanities at Animas High School and coaching mountain biking for the Animas and Durango High School teams.