Ms. Ashley Jiles was born in New Brunswick, NJ, and raised between Rahway, NJ and Brooklyn, NY. She attended school in Jersey City in her former years, and then attended Rahway Public Schools. Beginning her career in education as a substitute teacher at Merck Day Care, Ms. Jiles completed her Bachelors of Arts in Sociology at Rutgers University.
Ms. Jiles completed her student teaching at Oliver Street School in Newark, NJ and then became a long term substitute teacher. Upon graduating with her Masters in Education from Rutgers University, Ms. Jiles transitioned to Luis Munoz Marin Elementary School as a Special Education teacher, where she received recognition as a ‘Governor’s Educator of the Year Award’ recipient.
Among her accolades, Ms. Jiles was awarded the opportunity to serve as the Academic Interventionist and Special Education Coordinator, where she led the redesign of the Behavior Disabilities program. Some of her career highlights include: cowriting Social Justice curriculum, directing the Disney Musicals in Schools Program, and leading the HBO Vice Documentary ‘Raised in the System’.
The instrumental change achieved at Luis Munoz Marin Elementary School motivated Ms. Jiles to return to graduate school to earn her second Masters Degree in Educational Leadership at Montclair State University.
Shortly thereafter, Ms. Jiles continued her leadership journey as Vice Principal at Dr. William H. Horton Elementary School. Amongst other responsibilities, she led Grade Levels 3 to 5, Mathematics Instruction, Special Education, the Child Study Team, SEL grants, and Testing.
Her dedication to the staff, students, and families serves as a testament to what she believes in; the power of working collaboratively to ensure student academic and social emotional success.
Per the words of Max De Pree, “The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between the two, the leader must become a servant and a debtor. That sums up the progress of an artful leader.” Ms.Jiles’ educational philosophy is based on Transformative Leadership. She believes that at the heart of leadership lies the empowerment of those around her. Ms. Jiles believes in instilling passion in others that have the power to create an environment where change in education can truly happen.