2020-2021 SBHS Middle School Teacher of the Year Ashley Doyle
“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.”
This Edward Everett Hale quote is the adage by which South Beauregard High School teacher Ashley Doyle lives.
“I every situation in my life,” she said, “I have endeavored to live out this motto. Although I know I cannot do everything or be everything to every student, I can do something.”
Doyle is the 2020-2021 South Beauregard Middle School Teacher of the Year.
Doyle began her teaching career in elementary education, but has been willing to take on any grade or subject where she can make a difference. She was asked to move from elementary to teaching sixth and ninth grades, two notoriously challenging grade levels, in one school year. She has also taught Special Education and taken of the task of teaching the Academy program at the school.
“Teaching, for me, has always been the one profession where a person is able to touch the most number of lives,” she said. “Each day I come in contact with more than 100 students in my classroom alone, and more in the hallways and in extracurricular activities.”
She understands that making an impact on students’ lives goes beyond the teaching and learning process, but is deeply rooted in that process as well. When students are engaged in learning - the curriculum, communication, problem solving – they are gaining the skills they will need to be successful in life.
Doyle incorporates a variety of learning methods to engage her students. She has created an Escape Room activity to help students problem solve while learning. Reviewing, and applying language concepts from classroom lessons, students have fun participating in groups, thinking critically, and mastering material.
“I love when my students have an ‘aha’ moment, when they get something that maybe they have struggle with or have dreaded doing in the past,” she said. “It is gratifying that, as an educator, I can help facilitate the pathways for students to succeed and get beyond something that has been keeping them from moving forward.”
The most important need in her classroom is for parents to engage in the educational process with their students and to realize that middle school students still need guidance, follow-up, and support.
She has been teaching at SBHS for nine years where she currently teaches 7th grade English Language Arts and Social Studies. She has taught Biology, World Geography, and middle school science and math, been a special education autism class teacher and been a second grade elementary teacher in the past.
She earned her Bachelor of Science at McNeese State University and has teaching certifications in Elementary 1-5, Special Education, and Science 6-8.
She is the Jr. Beta Club Sponsor at the school.
Her advice to new teachers is to understand that teaching is a calling. A teacher will always receive more rewards from students than she can ever give back to them. Doyle has found this to be true throughout her teaching career.
“I want to help my students be successful, whether that is in academics or life skills,” she concluded. “I choose to be a positive influence in my students’ lives. Each year, educators have the opportunity to make a difference; all we have to do is choose to do so.”