AUSTIN (KXAN) — A third-grade school teacher at Austin’s Becker Elementary School has been named a finalist for Texas Teacher of the Year.
Allison Ashley, who is the Region 13 Elementary Teacher of the Year, teaches dual-language classes and is in her 10th year of teaching.
Even though Ashley grew up in a bilingual family, she said she lost some of her Spanish-speaking skills when she moved to the Boston-area, which did not offer dual-language courses. She said that experience helped pave her way to focus on helping children develop their language skills.
On the first day of school, Austin Independent School District Superintendent Paul Cruz showed up to Ashley’s classroom to surprise with the news that she was a finalist for the award.
KXAN Education Reporter Erin Cargile spoke to Ashley earlier this month about the importance of her class.
“I’ve had in the past students that have transferred in from other parts of the city to come to our schools,” said Ashley, “I think it’s just such an amazing opportunity.”
The finalists were chosen from among the 40 regional teachers of the year.