Ashley V

After leaving Cajun Country, traveling over the Basin Bridge and through the woods, Ashley became an official Baton Rougian in 2005. At LSU, she pursued a teaching degree and eventually attended graduate school studying child development and families. She married her high school sweetheart in 2012 and they still feel like two crazy kids in love… except way more tired and with more wrinkles. Ashley is a mother to two handsome, busy boys, ages five and three, who keep her love tank filled and her energy level below zero. Ashley runs off of a lot of prayers and a considerable amount of Diet Coke. She loves family outings, dates with her husband (especially when it involves uninterrupted conversations and good food), being creative, all things LSU, and taking entirely too many pictures of her children. After working as a kindergarten teacher for nine years, she fulfilled a long-time dream of opening a Christian school that could meet the needs of many children in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas. In 2019, she co-founded Agape School of Baton Rouge, where she serves as Head Administrator.

Nail Strips :: The Unspoken Heroes of Quarantine

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Reaffirming Lessons from COVID-19 :: A School Administrator’s Perspective

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A Letter to David’s Mom

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Celebrate Who They Are Today

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I Need the Village: Embracing Help

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Back to School Teacher Gifts

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The Kindness Jar :: Encouraging Positive Behavior this Summer

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Why I Continue to Follow :: Living Vicariously Through Others’ Social Media

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Why Every Mom Needs To Join A Book Club

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Hey Husband, I Miss You

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The Good Kind of Stranger

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