Special Education Alumna named AISD Elementary Teacher of the Year

Ashley Rivera with AISD Superintendent Paul CruzAshley Rivera, M.Ed. ’15, was named Elementary Teacher of the Year by the Austin Independent School District for the 2018-19 academic year.

Rivera is a special education life skills teacher and special education chairperson at Blazier Elementary. She uses her background in clinical-based behavioral therapy to promote community and school collaboration and teach students about independence and safety.

“As a special education teacher, I am the students’ defender and advocate,” Rivera says. “My role is to encourage acceptance and inspire them and their families to reach their full potential.”

Rivera was named Teacher of Promise by the district in 2016-17.