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, an 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 provide 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.
This knowledge, combined with staying current on the latest research and trends of education, is how as a principal I plan to be an effective leader for our school.
My name is Ashley Purgason and I am thrilled to be the new Assistant Principal at Chatham Middle School. I have been preparing for this role for many years and I am excited to embark on this journey with Chatham Middle. I have a strong belief in every child's potential, no matter the background or disability. I look forward to partnering with the school community to make Chatham Middle one of the best Middle Schools around. Go Rams!! I have a Bachelor's degree in Special Education from UNC- Wilmington and a Master's degree in School Administration from UNC- Chapel Hill. Previously, I taught Special Education for six years and I recently completed my Principal Internship at Olive Chapel Elementary.