SNC Alumnus Ashley Staron selected as March “Teacher of the Year” finalist

“I became a teacher for one simple fact, I wanted to share my love of learning and discovery,” said Staron. “My dad has always told me to find a job that you love and you will never work a day in your life.”

SNC Alumnus Ashley Staron, a Kindergarten teacher at Truckee Elementary School, has been selected as the March 2014 Truckee Hometown SEARS-Sierra Sun/North Tahoe Bonanza Teacher of the Year finalist. “It is very exciting to be recognizing another teacher new to the field,” said Charlie Riley, owner of Truckee Hometown SEARS. “Ms. Staron’s enthusiasm and energy really made her stand out among many qualified candidates.”

In her first year teaching at Truckee Elementary Staron has brought passion and enthusiasm to her new position.

“I have never met a more dedicated teacher,” wrote one nominator. “Her progressive ideas and innovative take on the classroom and learning environment make her an ideal candidate.”

“She has brought her positive energy and new ideas that not only have infiltrated her kindergarten team but the entire school,” said Truckee Elementary principal Valerie Simpson.

Ashley Staron grew up on Long Island, New York. She earned her elementary and special education teaching credentials at Green Mountain College in Vermont, where she developed her passion for teaching. Professors there challenged her to become the best teacher possible, and ultimately inspired her to pursue a Master’s in education with an ESL specialization.

The master’s program at Sierra Nevada College is what brought Staron to Tahoe. She has loved living in an area that combines the water of Long Island with the mountains of Vermont and has decided to call Tahoe home.

Last year Staron worked as the English Language Development Director at Squaw Valley Academy. There she was able to apply her master’s work, supporting students from countries around the world, learning English. Over the summer, Staron taught at Tahoe Truckee Unified School District’s K-Camp summer school program. There she was introduced to many of the students she would be teaching this school year.

Teaching kindergarten is different from her position at Squaw Valley Academy, but Staron loves working with her young learners. “I love the curiosity of kindergarteners, they are so curious about the world around them and full of questions,” said Staron. “They are so eager to learn, and I love to be able to help them find out more.”

Staron’s enthusiasm is helping her students build a solid foundation and prepare for future years. “Ms. Staron is an amazing teacher,” said Simpson. “She creates fun and engaging lessons and activities for her students and her students are learning so much, they will be well prepared for first grade.”

Staron feels blessed to be a part of the Truckee Elementary team. Her colleagues have given her much support and are always willing to share their ideas and strengths. “At Truckee Elementary the dynamic between the whole staff is great, so cooperative and sharing,” said Staron. “TTUSD has great communication and amazingly supportive parents.” Staron looks forward to building her career and spending the next 30 years teaching and inspiring students. She is already working on another certificate and will complete her bilingual credential shortly.

From the Tahoe Daily Tribune, March 25, 2014