Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Ashley Conklin


My passion for teaching started when I was in high school.  I had a biology teacher with so much passion for her students, her content, and life!  She was a diverse teacher in her methods and she was able to reach each student because of those methods and her passion.  Since being in her classroom, I have had the drive to do the same for other learners.  I went to the College of Lake County where I played soccer and earned my Associate's Degree.  I transferred to Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin where I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education with a minor in mathematics.  From there, I wanted to learn more so I went back to school and earned my Learning Behavior Specialist Endorsement from the University of Phoenix.  This allowed me to specialize in both elementary education and special education.  

I have been teaching special education since 2012.  I have taught kindergarten through eighth grade.  I started my career teaching cross categorical special education for grades Kindergarten through second grade for two years.  I then transitioned to a 3-5 grade cross categorical special education and taught within that environment for one year.  Then, I was presented with the opportunity to create a special education classroom for students who needed additional help with self-regulation, communication, and executive functioning.  This became known as the CHAMPS classroom and serviced students with emotional disabilities and executive functioning struggles.  I taught within this capacity for 8 years.  

All of these experiences led me to Village Elementary School where I am teaching within the Intermediate LAB Classroom.  I am looking forward to using my prior experiences and knowledge in combination with what I learn from my collegues and professional development to assist all of my students to feel valued, worthy, and successful!