“No do-overs!”


Jennifer Priest Mitchell

You make time for what matters most. For Ashleigh Frankel, that includes developing lesson plans, along with doing plenty of yoga and “outdoorsy” things and hearing live music in various Tempe venues. “After volunteering with elementary school children and tutoring them my last two years of high school, I knew I wanted to be a teacher. I wanted a full year of student teaching at the best teaching program, so of course I chose ASU.”

Frankel attended Pinnacle High School in Phoenix and was able to choose a career-oriented elective during her junior and senior years. “I chose the only option that offered an internship, which was the tutoring program with a nearby elementary school.” Last summer, she worked with the Center for Talented Youth through Johns Hopkins University and was a resident assistant, providing support and activity planning for gifted middle school students in an academic summer camp.

Her thesis, a project required by Barrett, the Honors College at ASU, was a literature review of interventions for teaching science to students with autism. “It was a lot of work, but a great project, and I found many strategies I can use in my classroom.” In five years, she plans to be a general education teacher, hopefully of math, but she says her dual major in elementary and special education, and the senior project will help her work with all students. For now, Frankel is finishing her student teaching and trying to go out monthly to see local bands, including her current favorite from Tempe, The Maine. 

Tales Out of School

A lightning-round interview that introduces you to members of the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College community.

What three things are always in your fridge?

Chocolate milk, soy sauce and fruit.

What gives you a headache?

Monotonous tasks.

The teacher who most inspired you was….

My fourth grade teacher, Mr. Frizzielle. He was my very first male teacher and changed my perspective on learning. He made me love school.

What is a favorite job from your past, and what did you like about it?

Last summer, I worked for the Center for Talented Youth through Johns Hopkins with seventh through ninth grade gifted girls. They attended a rigorous program that focused on academics and camp-like activities. It changed my life and made me realize I loved working with middle schoolers.

Who inspired you when you were young, and why?

My mom has always inspired me. She was ambitious, driven, had many friends and it seemed like she was good at everything.

Who inspires you now?

My dad. All of my siblings and I are in college and he has done everything in his power to make it possible for us.

What was the biggest risk you ever took, and what did you learn from it?

None of my friends chose to go to ASU. My biggest risk was definitely basing my decision solely on what I wanted to do rather than where my friends ended up going to college. I was nervous coming here and not being friends with anyone, but I was able to adjust quickly and have made meaningful memories with my best friends.

Three historical or fictional people you would have over for dinner:

Lorelai Gilmore, Jessica Day and Oprah Winfrey.

If you could listen to only three songs for the rest of your life:

“Die a Happy Man” by Thomas Rhett; “I Want It That Way” by the Backstreet Boys; and “Another Night on Mars” by The Maine.

What did you like to do on the playground at recess when you were a kid? 

I loved the monkey bars. I was also the one who would gossip with my friends.

Most adventurous thing you’ve ever done:

I hiked eight miles and then jumped off a waterfall at Fossil Creek.

If you could have any pet, it would be: 

I would definitely have a pet elephant.

App you can’t live without:

Instagram, for sure.

 If you had one do-over in life, it would be…

I don’t believe in do-overs. Everything happens for a reason, so I can’t think of anything I would want to not have happened.