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Meet the 2016 Fellow: Ashley Pangelinan

Ashley Pangelinan, Teacher, San Jose Unified School District


Ashley Pangelinan is a third grade teacher at Allen at Steinbeck K-8 School in the San Jose Unified School District. The road for Ashley has been one riddled with challenges and joy. Growing up across the Bay Area and Northern California, Ashley attended over half a dozen elementary schools in three counties during her parents’ tumultuous divorce, falling greatly behind in her academics. She attributes this hardship to her passion for education and community since she was once restricted from attaining a stable learning environment as a child herself. Finally her family settled down to live in a multi-generational family house with her Nana, father, great uncle, uncle, cousin, and two brothers. She reminisces coming home to a house full of people and developing a strong sense of community. Ashley attended UCSB where she graduated with a Double Major in Asian American Studies and Global Studies, specializing in the Asian-Pacific Region. She spent six months studying abroad in India at the University of Delhi and another three months working as a Getty Multicultural Fellow in Los Angeles at the community organization Visual Communications. Upon graduation, Ashley received honors in Asian American Studies, presenting her senior thesis to the 2010 Asian American Studies Consortium Conference in Austin, Texas. Ashley recently earned her Masters in Urban Education with a focus on Policy and Administration from Loyola Marymount University. Her work centered around Volunteerism in the Classroom. After college, Ashley went on to serve her community with the educational non-profit organization, City Year. Her time at City Year was spent tutoring and mentoring students on the East Side of San Jose. After serving at City Year San Jose for two years, she went onto teaching with Teach For America. Ashley still remains engaged with the Teach For America community, volunteering on the Bay Area Development and Recruitment Team. As a full time teacher, Ashley integrates activities to promote culture and community into her classroom. She works to develop a strong sense of community, stability, and pride in her students in efforts with their parents and families. When Ashley is not working in the classroom, she can be found volunteering for a number of organizations including Girls on the Run of Silicon Valley. She is an active board member for the City Year San Jose Alumni Board. Ashley also enjoys flying kites, cooking, swimming and spending time with family and friends.


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