A native of Northeast Louisiana, Ashley Ellis is seeking election to serve the children and families of BESE District 5.
As a wife, mom of three public school students, and educator, Ashley’s passion for education is infectious and her charisma as a teacher and administrator captures students and empowers colleagues.
A fixture of her community, Ashley grew up in West Monroe, currently lives in Monroe and is an Assistant Principal at Neville High School.
Ashley’s work as an educator began in 2002 when she accepted her first teaching position as a fifth grade teacher in San Antonio, TX while her husband finished his training for the Marine Corps.
Ashley received a bachelor's in elementary education from the University of Louisiana at Monroe and a master's degree in administration and supervision in 2012. She has worked as an educator for over 17 years with positions as an elementary, middle school, and high school educator. Ashley was named the Middle School Teacher of the Year for the Northeast Region in 2012 and went on to compete for the State Teacher of the Year.
Most of Ashley’s career has been spent working with at-risk students in high poverty communities. She believes that being a great educator is about building relationships.
Upon graduation with her Master’s in Administration, Ashley was recruited to a school district in Missouri where she worked as the district Curriculum and Public Relations Director. She decided to return home to be closer to family and began working for the Louisiana Department of Education as a Regional Accountability Coach serving six school districts across Northeast Louisiana. She currently works for the Monroe City School District as the Assistant Principal of Neville High School.
Ashley’s philanthropic heart drives her to volunteer with charities both local and abroad. Three years ago, she began working with the Department of Child and Family Services to foster a child who she and her husband later adopted. Her fostering to adopt experience has prompted Ashley to begin work with the One Church, One Child initiative calling Louisiana’s faith-based community to recruit and support families to foster a child. She also serves on the planning committee for The Center for Children and Families Black and White Ball fundraiser which raises most of the operational funds for the center. She serves on various committees at her school as well as church outreach events in the community.
Ashley and her husband, Friday, have three children: Friday, Asher, and Aurie – all who attend public schools.