Feature Friday – Joleena Ashby


Madison Beck and Ashlee Dickerson, People editors

Q. What do you teach? 

A. English 9

Q. Why did you decide to choose to teach this subject/subjects?

A. I’ve always loved to read when I was younger. Then when I was in high school, I wanted to save the world, and I thought literacy was one of the most effective ways to increase quality of life.

Q. Who or what inspired you to want to teach?

A. My dad. He has been a teacher for 40 years.

Q. When did you start teaching?

A. I started teaching five years ago when I graduated college.

Q. What kind of challenges do you face as a teacher?

A. Working with students who primarily come from poverty is often challenging. Many of the problems are associated with poverty that come into the classroom.

Q. What is your favorite thing about being a teacher?

A. My brain is always on, and teaching is a great outlet for being very stimulated. I love having to figure things out, make connections and experiment.

Q. If you weren’t teaching, what would you be doing?

A. I would be a photographer for National Geographic.

Q. Why did you choose to work at East?

A. It was the school that told me that they wanted me, and I wouldn’t want to work anywhere else.