Recently, we caught up with Stanley Teacher Prep alumna Ashley Bromstrup. Ashley is a PEBC Learning Lab Host and also serves as a Mentor Teacher in the Boettcher Teacher Residency. Below, Ashley shares her experience as an educator and advice for those thinking of joining the teaching profession!
Name: Ashley Bromstrup, Denver Public Schools Distinguished Teacher
Residency Year: 2010-2011
Residency School/District: Stanley British Primary School (Independent) and Steele Elementary (DPS)
Current School/District: Creativity, Challenge, Community (C3) in DPS, 3rd grade
Why did you decide to teach in Denver Public Schools (DPS)?
I was initially drawn to C3 because of their philosophy and reputation—also because they are an innovation school in DPS.
What do you like most about teaching at C3?
There is a high value on creative thinking at C3. Kids are encouraged to think outside the box—and so am I. I’ve been given a lot of autonomy to make changes to my curriculum so it more closely fits the needs and interests of my students.
Looking back at your residency year with Stanley Teacher Prep, which skills/strategies/concepts that you learned have helped you the most as you began your teaching career?
I gained a lot of experience in several grade levels with very strong mentors. I learned so much by just observing and planning with my mentors. I walked away with some solid classroom management—and I walked away with a network of strong educators that I could rely on!
What goals do you have for your career in education?
I’m keeping myself open to opportunities outside of, and within, the classroom. As long as I can keep growing as an educator, then I’m happy!
What’s one piece of advice you’d give to someone who is looking to start a teaching career?
Be kind to yourself and create some work/life boundaries that you can stick with.