My Personal Educational Philosophy
As an administrator, my actions and decisions as an instructional leader consistently reflect the core values and goals of the school. I believe that education exists to prepare all students to contribute and thrive in an ever-changing global society. Education must be more than providing students with information and knowledge to pass tests or to gain a diploma; rather, education must provide students with skills and tools necessary to find answers and continue to learn and ask questions for a lifetime. I firmly believe that as an administrator I must communicate and discipline in a manner that builds kids up and strive to never tear them down.
The majority of educational researchers concur that today’s principal can no longer be viewed as or act as a building manager. In order to promote the success of all students, a principal must be the instructional leader. I believe that I must take an active role in establishing a reflective culture that encourages collaboration and professional growth.
As part of my philosophy, I must help create a community of learners that provides significant opportunities for leadership and participation among teachers, parents, students, and community/business leaders. I believe that people, not programs cultivate success and unity. As an instructional leader, I want to forge relationships and build trust throughout all levels of the learning community. These relationships will allow me to initiate the necessary critical conversations to address and discuss behaviors or instructional practices that contradict my philosophy or the school’s vision or goals.
I will begin my eighth year as principal of Chatham Middle and I look forward to this school year. I am excited about the direction of our school and leading our school into a new era of education. Our school community has been through alot over the past year and a half, and I believe we have grown stronger as a school community. It will be exciting to start the school year with students in the building. Chatham Middle is prepared to serve our school community and help our students grow academically and socially.
New Year.... New Us!
My name is Ashley Charles and I am embarking on my fourth year as the Assistant Principal at Chatham Middle School. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education from UNC-Wilmington and my Master’s Degree in School Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill. I had the privilege of teaching students with special needs for six years in Charlotte before moving to Chapel Hill to complete their MSA program. I am married to my awesome history-buff husband Mike and we have an energetic, three-year old bulldog named Dottie.
I love working at Chatham Middle and being able to help shape the future of Siler City. From my time here, I have learned about the amazing diversity in our school and how we can use our diversity to positively impact our local community and the world. Our students can reach their goals and dreams with a growth mindset and a strong work ethic. I believe in every child’s potential, no matter their background or disability. I am looking forward to another great year as a Ram!!