Tittle’s classes love to make movies as part of class projects

Published 10:01 am Tuesday, December 26, 2023

EDITOR’S NOTE: The LaGrange Daily News is doing a Q&A with all of the teachers of the year in the Troup County School System. Today we are writing about Ashley Tittle, a second grade teacher at Rosemont Elementary School. We asked 20 questions, and we’ve shortened this interview to some of our favorite responses.

Ashley Tittle has worked for the Troup County School System for 17 years, all at Rosemont Elementary School.

She has been married to her husband, Steve, for 16 years. The couple has a son, Bentley, who is a seventh grader at Long Cane Middle School and a daughter, Aubrey, who is in fourth grade at Rosemont Elementary School.

Tittle leads one of the spring clubs, Game Club, for second and third graders. The Tittle family also attends Southcrest Church, where she enjoyed teaching preschool for many years.

In addition to her busy schedule, Tittle jokes that she’s also the taxi driver for all of my kids’ afterschool activities.

Q: What inspired you to become an educator? (Or who?)

A: I come from a family of educators. I have always looked up to my mom and remember playing school as a kid in her classroom.

Q:     What are your career aspirations?

A: I love teaching and pray I can be a light to children and my co-workers at school.

Q: If you weren’t a teacher, what career field would you be in?

A: Before I became a teacher, I wanted to be a news anchor.

Q: What hidden talent do you have that might surprise your students and our readers?

A: I used to play the trumpet. I love Salsa dancing!

Q: If your teaching style had a theme song, what would it be?

A: “I like to Move it, Move it!” from Madagascar

Q:  What’s the most creative/unique project one of your classes has worked on?

A: My students love making movies! Last year, during our study of Native Americans, each child recorded a video of themselves pretending to be a part of a Creek or Cherokee tribe. They had to describe the clothes they were going to wear that day, how they would get their food and what kinds of activities and/or jobs they do in their tribe. Some of them even dressed the part. It was fun sharing everyone’s videos and the kids were able to show what they learned in a unique way.

Q: What’s the most rewarding part about your job?

A: The most rewarding part of my job is being able to build lasting relationships with my students and their families. I love the morning hugs & all the sweet handmade pictures and notes. I love seeing my students out in the community and hearing, “MRS. TITTLE” being shouted from across a store. It is truly heartwarming.

Q: What’s the most challenging part of your job?

A: The responsibilities, in addition to classroom planning and teaching, can be super overwhelming at times.

Q: What did it mean to you to be named your school’s teacher of the year?

A: It made me feel valued and seen by my peers. The way my class reacted with excitement and love was the most rewarding!

Q: On a weekend or a summer day when school is out, what are your favorite activities?

A: On a weekend, you may find me out shopping with my mom and daughter or at home resting with my family watching movies and football. During the summer, we love going to the beach and spending time outside.

Q: As your students transition to the next grade in May, what is one key takeaway you hope they carry forward from their time in your class?

A: Mostly, I hope they feel loved! I also really hope they will always remember some of our many learning songs!