Triton Education Minnesota (TEM) president Bruce Huber presents the 2013 Triton Teacher of the Year Award to Ashley Josselyn. Photo submitted
Triton Elementary School Special Education teacher, Ashley Josselyn, was named the new 2013-14 Triton Teacher of the Year by TEM, Triton Education Minnesota, on Wednesday, November 13. This is Ashley's tenth year as a teacher in the Triton Public School System. She has primarily taught students with specific learning disabilities but has also worked with students with autism, physical impairments, and other health disabilities.
Besides teaching, Ashley also has played a very active role in the elementary school by serving on many committees including: Student Support Team, Student Intervention Team, and I Love to Read Committee. She has also taught Targeted Services after school and has been a teacher in the ZED Extended School Year Program in the past. She played a key role on the District AYP Math Committee a few years ago as well.
When Ashley was just three years old she informed her mom (even though she had never been to school) that she was going to be a teacher when she grew up. After graduating from Zumbrota-Mazeppa High School she indeed pursued her early calling to be an educator by attending Winona State University earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education, Learning Disabilities K-12, Elementary Education, K-6 and pre-primary Education, Age 3-K in May 2004. She later completed her Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction also from WSU and is currently working towards her Reading Specialist licensure through the University of Minnesota with anticipated graduation December 2014.
In her nomination questionnaire, Ashley was asked: What are the rewards of teaching? Ashley responded, "I love the excitement and enthusiasm for learning that occurs when a student suddenly is able to do or understand something. For me, the most magical time is when a student is first learning to read and he or she realizes that the world contains countless words and those words are becoming accessible to him or her. At that time, teachers can have a great impact on a student's future success in reading by encouraging him or her to explore the world of print in a variety of ways."
The Triton Teacher of the Year award has been given annually by TEM since 1999. The award is one way in which individual teachers are recognized for their outstanding service to the students of the Triton School District by their peers. As Triton's new Teacher of the Year, Ashley was also nominated by TEM for the Minnesota Teacher of the Year award which will be announced in May 2014.