Elizabeth ‘Ashley’ Wilks

elizabeth ashley wilks

Elizabeth ‘Ashley’ Wilks

Ms. Wilks uses American Sign Language to teach her middle school deaf and hard of hearing students. She goes above and beyond for her students every single day! This year she spent time before and after hours working with her deaf students to prepare them for a Math Bowl held in Rochester NY. Many of these students had never been on an airplane before or had even left the Tampa Bay area.The students were able to use their expanded skills taught by their teacher of the deaf to independently navigate security the flights baggage claim etc. While in NY she also took them to see Niagara Falls something they had only ever seen in pictures. After competing their hearts out the Tampa Deaf/HH math team scored 15th out of 45 teams! One student ranked 26th out of 200 students and another ranked 30th! Six Hillsborough County students ranked in the top 50th percentile. Ms. Wilks has devoted her life to children with hearing loss. She builds strong relationships with their families enough so that they trust her to take their children across the country on a trip of a lifetime! Ms. Wilks truly has and will continue to have an undeniable impact on our youth! She is the most influential reliable impassioned selfless and humble person I know! I proudly nominate Ashley Wilks as an Irish 31 standout teacher who uses her position as a force for good in the lives of deaf children across Tampa Bay every single day.

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