A 2014 Millersville University alum and current graduate student Ashley Mansfield was recently named an All-Pro Teacher by Nouryon and the Philadelphia Eagles. Now in its eighth year, the All-Pro Teachers program honors exceptional 5th through 12th-grade teachers in the region for their commitment to education.
“It is a great honor to be named a Nouryon All-Pro Teacher for the Philadelphia Eagles. I am humbled, and it is an incredible feeling to be among the other educators who have been named to this team,” says Mansfield.
Mansfield is in her eighth year as an autistic support teacher, currently teaching at McCaskey High School. Mansfield’s passion for teaching is inspired by her parents, who were lifelong teachers. She uses creative and out-of-the-box teaching methods to help her students achieve independence and master necessary life skills. By combining various teaching techniques, she has been able to not only promote independent work but also encourage the students to engage in group dynamics. Many activities are designed to get the students out of their seats and working together.
“When you go into teaching you already have an idea of what a classroom setting will look like. But, when you go into special education, it is an environment in which few people have experience. Millersville did an amazing job with field experiences that put me in special education settings to prepare me for my career as a teacher. The connection between classroom learning and real-world experience is just one of the many reasons Millersville produces some of the best teachers in the state,” says Mansfield.
Mansfield will graduate with a master’s degree in sports administration in May.
“I would like to thank the professors in the early childhood and special education program and the professors in the sports administration graduate program for allowing me to grow into the professional I have become today,” says Mansfield.
You can check out Mansfield and the other All-Pro Teachers at: Philadelphia Eagles All Pro.