Class of 2005 COE graduate, Ashley Harvey, is currently teaching 5th grade students at W.T. Moore Elementary. Since Ms. Harvey received her degree in elementary education from FAMU, she has accomplished so much in her educational career. Currently, she holds a Master's of Science in Educational Leadership from FSU as well as a Master's of Education in Curriculum and Instruction,
with a concentration in Mathematics K-14,
Ms. Harvey has spent the last 15 years between
Leon and Miami-Dade County schools, teaching in the elementary setting. She has expansive knowledge of working with diverse groups of people and passion for promoting educational growth, which can be seen in her Teaching Philosophy.
Ashley Harvey Teaching Philosophy
Teaching young minds is a task that I have been passionate about since the beginning of my own educational endeavors. It is full of challenges, frustrations, and responsibilities. However, it is a task that is also full of excitement, wonder, and joy. I strongly believe that all children are capable of learning, if they have the proper motivation, direction from their teachers., and a supportive foundation.
As a teacher, I need to be aware of learning, motivation, behavior, and development theories in order to relate to my students and push them to reach their full potential. It is my duty to see that all my students are being motivated therefore, I must meet all students at both their interest and academic levels, and offer as many real-world experiences as possible through the content. All students in my care deserve my time and full attention in regards to their education. I also want to create a classroom that is a safe learning environment for all. If students do not feel safe in my classroom, whether it is emotionally, physically, or socially, their educational experiences will take a toll which will ultimately hinder their academic success. It is important to me that my students, as well as their parents, other teachers, administrators, and people in the community, see me as someone they can approach, who will be fair and always put students first.
Classroom organization is also a key concept to consider when teaching. Finding creative, new ways to have the room set up and to help my students learn is a concept of research regularly. I also believe in teaching content that is meaningful, applicable, and inviting to students. If they do not see the point of the subject matter then they will not be interested in it, so it will be my task to find ways to keep students interests, no matter what their level of interest is. I also believe that high energy levels and a positive attitude from the teacher are key elements to a successful learning environment.
Ms. Harvey is currently looking into continuing her education with a doctoral degree and naturally, is keeping FAMU at the top of her list. The COE and FAMU-ly are very excited for Ms. Harvey and the impact she making as an educational leader.