As an advocate for lifelong learning, Ainsley VanBuskirk instills the importance of cultural diversity and an appreciation for the interconnectedness of the world in her students. Through engaging, hands-on activities and incorporation of real-world examples, she encourages students to think critically and independently while promoting problem-solving skills and curiosity, demonstrating that learning is never-ending. VanBuskirk creates a tailored curriculum to accommodate various learning styles while taking special care to ensure that every student has an equitable opportunity to succeed. She puts great emphasis on creating an environment that encourages empathy and respectful communication, which prompts further academic and social growth for her students.
VanBuskirk’s leadership reaches beyond her classroom as she participates on the School Improvement Team, serves as a grade-level chair and a facilitating teacher, while collaborating with international colleagues to determine how best to support dual language instruction and bridge languages to increase student growth and proficiency. She mentors new teachers in the district by helping them acclimate to their new school and district culture and has implemented development programs like Reading Horizons and Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS), aimed at providing a tailored approach to match academic, social-emotional behavior assessment and instructional resources to each student’s needs.
VanBuskirk is National Board Certified. She has presented at the Accelerate, Invigorate, Motivate (AIM) state conference on dual language and global initiatives, as well as to administrators during the summer leadership academy. VanBuskirk is frequently invited to conduct professional development workshops for colleagues where she shares best practices, instructional strategies, and technology integration techniques. She is also a member of the District Science Advisory.
VanBuskirk earned an Associate of Arts from Pitt Community College in 2011 and a Bachelor of Science from East Carolina University in 2013.
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