Teacher of the Year

Congratulations Ashley Rancourt!

2021 Semi-Finalist
Southeast Elementary School, Mansfield

Learn More About Ashley

Ashley teaches first grade at Southeast Elementary School in Mansfield, Connecticut. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and her Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut.

Ashley works on her district’s Language Arts and Science Curriculum Teams, Assessment Committee, and Professional Development and Evaluation Committee. She also serves on her school’s Leadership Team, Equity and Cultural Awareness Committee, and leads the PBIS Committee. In these roles, Ashley has helped develop important frameworks and vision statements that are guiding her district’s work on 21st century and student-centered learning.

Ashley is committed to personal growth, community, culturally sustaining practices, and making learning joyful. Her true passion is empowering her young students to be active participants in their learning journeys. She works hard each year to create classroom communities that foster curiosity, risk taking, belonging, and empathy. In her classroom, Ashley emphasizes citizenship over compliance. Her greatest joy is the magic moment when she is not the center of the action in her classroom. In these moments, her first graders demonstrate that they are independent, responsible, and empowered to make choices in their learning. 

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