I’m Ashley LaGrow. I’m a third year, fourth grade teacher from rural Central Illinois. I graduated from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois with my Bachelor of Art’s in Elementary Education with a minor in Graphic Design in 2015. I am currently working towards my Master of Education in Elementary Curriculum and Instruction through Western Illinois University.
I casually started my teaching Instagram in July of 2016 as a way to stop flooding everyone following my personal Instagram with teaching thoughts every single day. In the summer of 2017, I started taking Instagram more seriously and also started up my Teachers Pay Teachers store. The products in my TPT store are generally geared towards middle to upper elementary and include all subjects. Some products also include classroom decor and graphic elements for fellow TPT authors.
In my spare time, I serve as the volunteer Leadership Seminar Chair for HOBY Illinois Central South–a four-day leadership conference for high school sophomores. It changed my entire life, starting in high school, and I never want to quit surrounding myself with such inspirational youth in an upbeat environment. I also serve as a mentor in the local Big Brothers Big Sisters program. My little, Joy, is twelve years old. She’s taller than me and looks old for her age. Let’s just say when we recently went to volunteer at our animal shelter, we got asked if we were friends getting high school volunteer hours.
Besides volunteering, I love crafting with my Cricut, cooking new recipes, going new places, being outdoors, working out and doing yoga, and spending time with family and friends. I’ve also become huge into researching my own genealogy through Ancestry.com. My cousins include George Washington, Queen Elizabeth II, Robert E. Lee, and the Harrison presidents. My 11th great grandfather also came to America on the Mayflower. I have plenty of great content for Social Studies lessons!
As for my classroom, we are 1:1 with iPads. My school has no official curriculum for ELA or Social Studies, and I have a lot of freedom to supplement with what I make or find for Math and Science as well. I practice semi-flexible seating in my room–my kids have their own desk, but we move around constantly and each seat at their desks is individualized. I serve as our third and fourth grade Student Council co-sponsor, so it’s fun seeing students get so excited to be leaders in our school at a young age. My favorite subject to teach is Math, and I get so excited for my Titanic unit every April!