LU alum receives the BISD Above and Beyond Award

Ashley Wilbourn '13, along with several other educators in the Beaumont Independent School District, has been honored with the Above and Beyond Award, given to educators within the district for their dedication to student success.

The award is a culmination of the districts new campaign, #AboveAndBeyondBISD, which aims to highlight the hard workers, those that go the extra mile, the movers and shakers and the best and brightest. Ashley-wilbourn-bisd-award-recipient
Wilbourn serves as a reading and science coach at Sallie Curtis Elementary School. In a release issued in early November by the district, the elementary school had this to say Wilbourn:

"The role Ms. Wilbourn plays on our campus is vital and I didn't realize it until we had her! I can't fathom not having her now. She goes above and beyond to support all staff members wherever and however she possibly can. Our success last year as a campus had a GREAT deal to do with her coaching, mentorship, knowledge and expertise. Sallie Curtis is SO very blessed to have her in our family. -- Kamryn Uribe"

Q: Why did you choose LU?
A: I am a proud native of Beaumont, Texas. As a high school student, I was drawn to Lamar University not only for its location,but for the ample opportunities and organizations. I received high-quality instruction and a plethora of opportunities to gain experience which well-prepared me for a career in education when pursuing my bachelor's degree. When deciding to further my education, I chose Lamar University again because I knew that the master's program would prepare me for all of my future endeavors.

Q: What is your current job title?
A: Math and Science Coach at Sallie Curtis Elementary School in Beaumont ISD.

Q: What advice would you give to current students looking to join the education field?
A: Always remember the reason you chose to work in education. Teaching is not an easy job, but it is a rewarding one. Remembering why you chose to work in the education field will turn those tough days into great ones.

Q: How did you feel receiving the award?
A: The award was so unexpected. To say I was surprised and deeply honored is an understatement. I do my best every day to make school a place that both teachers and students love.

Q: Quote to share?
A: "Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall" - Confucius