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Ashleigh Dubon-Ayala Attains STEM Education Licensure

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Tori Peterson

Ashleigh Dubon-Ayala, elementary art teacher at Washington Veale Elementary and Washington Intermediate, recently added STEM Education to her license through a new partnership program with the Indiana Department of Education and the Education Service Centers of Indiana that funds coursework for teachers seeking full licensure.

The Indiana STEM Educator Expansion Initiative funds tuition, books, and material fees for both currently licensed teachers in non-STEM areas, as well as prospective teachers who are not licensed but hold a bachelor’s degree, to become licensed to teach a STEM subject. “In today’s technology-driven world, it has never been more important for every Indiana student to have access to high-quality STEM instruction, and this starts with ensuring we have the very best and brightest educators in the classroom,” said Indiana Secretary of Education Katie Jenner.

“I was unaware that Mrs. Dubon was working on this addition to her license but at the same time, I was not surprised.  Mrs. Dubon started her career as an elementary teacher for Washington Community Schools. She has always been very creative and she moved into an elementary art position to spread her joy of the arts to her students. She has been the STEAM Coach at Washington Intermediate and it makes since that she would once again pursue further education in this area. She is always learning and an innovative educator,” shared Brenda Butcher, Principal at Washington Veale Elementary. 

"Ms. Dubon is constantly finding new ways to bring engagement and excitement to all of her lessons,” shared Caleb Cherry, Principal at Washinton Intermediate. “She has shown a dedication to the students of Washington Intermediate that is obvious to all. I am excited to see what innovations she brings with her new STEM certification."

 Washington Community Schools is committed to expanding STEM education and empowering our students with the skills and knowledge needed to thrive in a rapidly changing, diverse, and technical society.