Ashley Demski is starting her tenth year in the classroom! My BA is in Elementary Education and Early Childhood, and my MA is in Leadership in Teaching: STEM. I am currently working on my Admin. 1 Certificate. Beyond teaching in my own classroom, I help develop STEM Professional Development and STEM, Science, and Social Studies curriculum for early childhood teachers in Baltimore City. I was a Top 10 Finalist for Teacher of the Year for Baltimore City Schools 2019. In my building, I am a member of the ILT, help create and maintain our Makerspace, and support community involvement for STEM and nature-based initiatives. My passion for education comes from bringing meaningful, authentic instruction into the classroom through STEM and nature-based experiences. In my opinion, learning doesn't come from a kit or scripted curriculum. When teachers are excited to teach, students are excited to learn. I believe in empowering teachers to advocate for themselves and their students when it comes to autonomy in the classroom.