Ashley Armstrong | SD EPSCoR STEM Teacher Leaders

My name is Ashley Armstrong.  I teach 7th grade Life Science, 8th grade Physical Science, and High School Biology in the Bon Homme School District, located in Tyndall, South Dakota.  We are a small district where I average approximately 18-22 students per class.  I work closely with other middle school teachers as well as resource teachers to tie in projects from other content areas.  I strive to connect my students with community organizations and other grade levels as often as possible.

I have always had a love for science although when first entering college, that passion took me through a degree in health, physical education, and recreation from South Dakota State University.  From there I went on to complete my master’s degree in kinesiology and health from the University of Wyoming.  I worked in health care for many years before deciding to complete my teaching certificate, with a goal of passing my knowledge and life experiences on to the next generation.

Professional development is a strong passion of mine, as I desire to learn something new every day!  SD EPSCoR has given me the opportunity to collaborate with some of the great science minds from across the state.  It also connects us directly with scientists at local universities.  My goal is that you will find the lesson I have created both engaging and challenging for students in their development and understanding of the specific state science standards I have addressed.

Currently I am working toward my PhD in science education from the University of Wyoming.  In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and four kids, working out, running, coaching basketball, and serving as an EMT on our local ambulance crew.