Throwback Thursday: Teacher Edition – Ashley Kavanagh

In this week’s Throwback Thursday article, we got to learn about our favorite English I and AP English III teacher. She captures the hearts of all her students; even if you were never in her class, you know who Mrs. Kav is. Think you know everything about her? Look here!


Q: What high school did you attend? College?

A: This high school; I went to Mansfield. I went to DBU for college.

Q: What jobs did you have before becoming a teacher?

A: I worked in retail quite a bit. I also worked at a tutoring place, kind of like Kumon. Before finally becoming a teacher, I did long-term subbing.

Q: What lead you to become a teacher?

A: When I was five, I knew I wanted to be a teacher. I made my parents take me to the teacher supply store because I wanted that as my birthday present. Then, when I was in high school, my AP English teacher changed the way I was learning, and so that was when I knew I wanted to do English.

Q: What kind of high school student would you describe yourself as?

A: I was the straight-A student, class president, all that. I was super involved and sought to get good grades.

Q: What organizations or activities were you a part of? Favorite?

A: In the beginning of my high school years, I did volleyball and track, but then I ended up being more involved in Key Club and Student Council. I ended up doing a lot with StuCo and I was heavily involved with being the junior class vice president, then senior class president.

Q: Describe your most embarrassing high school moment.

A: I was a sophomore and I was walking down the stairs and I tripped over my flip flop and fell down the stairs. My skirt came up and everything. All the seniors saw me, so that was probably the most embarrassing moment.

Q: Describe one of your fondest moments from high school.

A: I won homecoming queen, and it was so much the winning that was great, but my mom worked here so she was on the field with me. I was not thinking that I would win, but she was down there and got to take pictures and be with me for that. I had such a great four years, especially senior year with StuCo, so that time was really important to me.

Q: Was there anything you would have changed or done differently during school?

A: Not stress so much about my grades. Not worry so much about what other people think.

Q: Any advice for current or future students?

A: I would say not worrying about what I said above is for sure a good tip. You shouldn’t let your grades define you. I don’t think making a poor grade is the “end-all, be-all” of going to a good college. I also feel like I was always pretty kind to people, but you shouldn’t worry about what other people think because in the end that doesn’t matter.



Q: What was your favorite TV show as a high school student?

A: My favorite TV show was Friends. And Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey’s The Newlyweds. Loved that.

Q: Who was your favorite singer or music group?

A: I loved Usher. And Beyonce, Crazy in Love.

Q: What were some of your favorite books as a high school student?

A: Growing up, probably Anne of Green Gables and Harry Potter. Then I high school, it was Grapes of Wrath and Scarlett Letter. I love classic literature and all that.

Q: Anything else?

A: I drove a lime-green bug. A GeoTracker.