Meet the Associate Principal

Hello Parents and Families,  

My name is Ashley Boughton and I am thrilled to be the newly selected Associate Principal of Emily Dickinson Elementary and Explorer Community School! As a young girl, my dad always told me, “Do what you love and love what you do.” For me, those words still ring true and have guided me into the world of teaching and learning. It is my passion to encourage, empower, and equip students, teachers, and families with the skills and knowledge to be successful. I will infuse a passion for teaching and learning, close achievement gaps, and build an inclusive school culture. 
As the parent of school-aged children, I recognize the importance of a strong home-school connection. Parents are every child’s first teacher, and I believe that by working together we can nurture and cultivate life-long learners who are socially, emotionally, and academically prepared for success. I am very happy to have the opportunity to join the Dickinson/Explorer community to do this important work together.  
Over the past four years, I have served as a Professional Learning Coach in the Lake Washington School District. In my role, I have partnered with teachers to improve student learning and grow teachers’ instructional capacity through reflective conversation and collaboration.  Before being a coach, I served in a variety of teaching and educational leadership roles including being a kindergarten, second, and third-grade teacher. I have worked in the Lake Washington School district for 12 years and feel fortunate to continue serving our district next year. I earned a B.A in Sociology from Washington State University, a Master’s in Education from Gonzaga University, and a Master’s in Educational Leadership from the University of Washington. 
On a personal note, I live in Woodinville with my sports-fanatic husband, two spirited daughters, and my yellow lab named JoJo. On the weekends, our family enjoys traveling to Pullman to cheer on the Cougs, spending time outdoors, and playing in our backyard. As the first college graduate in my family, I have a strong commitment to ensuring students have the skills and knowledge needed to have the opportunity of choice. The choice to do what they love and love what they do. 
I am excited to learn more about you, your students, and your community.  I look forward to meeting you soon. 

Portrait of Principal

Ashley Boughton