Welcome Mrs. Ashton, our new Assistant Principal!

Mrs. Ashton has shared the welcome message below with our community!

Hello! My name is Lauren Ashton, at school you can call me Mrs. Ashton, and I am thrilled to be joining West Portal Elementary School as your new Assistant Principal! 

A little about my background:

  I consider myself to be a lifelong learner. I love learning! I am a recent graduate of the Principal Leadership Institute at UC Berkeley, earning a Masters in Educational Leadership and my Administrative Services Credential. I am coming from San Ramon Valley Unified School District (SRVUSD) where, most recently,  I worked as both the Site Supervisor of the Early Childhood Education Inclusion Program and as a Teacher on Special Assignment (TSA) Assistant Principal. During my time at SRVUSD I had the privilege of teaching Preschool, Transitional Kindergarten, Kindergarten, Second Grade, and Fourth Grade. Meanwhile, I studied at UC Berkeley in their Cornerstone Teacher Leadership program; a program designed specifically for teacher leaders interested in improving their ability to engage colleagues and key stakeholders. Before becoming a teacher I was a Graduate student at Mills College where I had the opportunity to work in many classrooms throughout the Oakland Unified School District, both as a teacher, in a Fifth/Sixth grade combination class, and educational researcher. After graduating Mills with a Bachelors in Child Development, a Masters in Education, and a Multiple Subject Teacher Credential I began my teaching career. At present, I’m working towards a Certificate in Early Childhood Educational Leadership through Harvard's Graduate School of Education. Like I said, I love learning! 

On a personal note:

I was born in San Diego, but moved to the East Bay when I was young. The Bay Area is definitely my home! My husband and I currently live in Walnut Creek, very near to our families. I come from a large family and I’m sure you’ll hear me talk about them often! I’m a Registered Yoga Teacher and enjoy yoga, the theater, and the outdoors. Before entering Education, I was actually a professional Ballet Dancer. I trained with San Francisco Ballet and The Princess Grace Academy in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. The visual and performing arts are what made going to school worth it for me. Arts education is a huge passion of mine and I am excited that West Portal Elementary School values the arts and extracurriculars equally amongst reading, writing, math and science. 

My professional values & vision:

I am an energetic leader and am excited about continuing the great work already in progress at West Portal Elementary School! West Portal believes that collaboration among all stakeholders is essential and I am a relationship-based leader who prefers to work together to continue to build upon West Portal’s vision and plan. Much like the West Portal community, I strongly believe in the success of all students and will use my background to foster rigorous curriculum in classrooms where students feel safe, challenged, and engaged. I am committed to nurturing our community by encouraging open communication through which teachers, parents, and student peers work together to achieve collaborative success for all students. 

I look forward to meeting everyone! Please reach out to me at anytime!

Warmly, 

Mrs. Ashton, Assistant Principal 

Ashtonl@sfusd.edu & 415-759-2846

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