Ashley has consistently pushed the envelope on what it means to be a part of this profession. Her drive to improve the practice of teaching through higher order inquiry, expanded areas of study, and true connection to students make her a constant top pick. We have worked together to design residencies where she implements her core values of experimentation through performance, and school officials repeatedly request her presence. I have personally connected with Ashley due to her warm nature, hilarious wit, and desire to combine artistry with sound business tactics to reflect a sustainable career. She carries these traits into her daily work with students, inspiring them at multiple levels. For these reasons, I consider her a model teaching artist, confident that her path will be one to watch.