On October 14, 2016, TASA named Allison Ashley, a bilingual education teacher in Austin ISD, the 2017 Texas
Elementary Teacher of the Year and Deborah Campbell, a speech and credit recovery teacher in San Angelo
ISD, the 2017 Texas Secondary Teacher of
“One of the most powerful things educators can do is model for students a
love of learning, an eagerness for and appreciation of feedback, a
transparent sharing of goals, and the vulnerability to fail and try
again,” said Allison Ashley, 2017 Texas Teacher of the Year, who holds a
master’s degree in language and literacy from the Harvard Graduate
School of Education.
“When a commitment to learning and growth mindset are explicitly modeled and taught for students in authentic ways, it contributes to a class environment where students are more willing to take risks, fail, revisit and revise work, and strive for continuous improvement.”
The 2016-17 school year is Ashley’s seventh year teaching bilingual education in Austin ISD, where she has taught at both Perez and Becker elementary schools. Ashley began her teaching career in the Rio Grande Valley, teaching in the Brownsville and Edinburg school districts.
“I do my best to encourage students to step outside preconceived expectations and the misguided skepticisms of others — even loved ones — to get in touch with finding more than a dream. I challenge them to find a destiny,” said Deborah Campbell, 2017 Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year, who teaches speech and serves as the San Angelo Central High School Credit Recovery program coordinator and lead teacher.“Almost daily, you will find me asking students, ‘WHY do you need this diploma? What were you meant to do? How will you use the diploma to get there?’ If they know the ‘why,’ they will come to school, they will fight through the hardships, and they will value the necessity of their education as a means to a successful end,” she said. “Knowing they will take it further is what drives me to be persistent and persevere.”