Dr. Ashley Bowling, assistant principal at Florence Middle School in the Florence City School System has been named the Alabama Assistant Principal of the Year by the Alabama Association of Secondary School Principals (AASSP).
FLORENCE, ALA. – DECEMBER 3, 2021: Dr. Ashley Bowling, assistant principal at Florence Middle School in the Florence City School System has been named the Alabama Assistant Principal of the Year by the Alabama Association of Secondary School Principals (AASSP). As the Alabama state winner, Bowling is eligible to be selected as the 2022 National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) National Assistant Principal of the Year.
Bowling has 16 years of experience in the field of education with 7 years experience as an assistant principal. She previously served in Colbert County Schools and Florence City Schools as a special education teacher before becoming the assistant principal at Florence Middle School.
Positive school culture, high expectations, and creative problem-solving are just some of the qualities Bowling brings to Florence Middle School. She has worked to create a student-centered environment in teaching and learning by implementing restorative discipline practices and building a culture of trust among students, teachers, and administrators.
Bowling led the development and implementation of a Behavioral Support Classroom (BSC). The BSC focuses on behavioral instruction paralleled with differentiated instruction. This program has become crucial for students with significant behavioral issues and academic challenges. With a specialized structure, the BSC schedule provides additional reading and math specialized instruction along with daily social skill instruction, counseling, and cognitive breaks. This program has resulted in a drastic decrease in office referrals for participating students.
Bowling says, “leading the development and implementation of this exemplary BSC program for students with behavioral and academic difficulties is an effective means to equip students with competencies and motivation. The Behavior Support Classroom pilot is providing students skills, support, and mindset to successfully function appropriately in school and society.”
A panel of judges selected Bowling from numerous applicants across the state of Alabama. Dr. Bowling’s award was announced during a school assembly on December 2. Bowling will represent the state as the nominee for the National Assistant Principal of the Year Award. Bowling will also serve a one-year term on the AASSP Board of Directors as the Assistant Principal of the Year.
“Ashley Bowling is not only an exemplary assistant principal, but she is also very active in professional and community organizations. Her ability to apply creativity to the challenges of school leadership is a valuable asset,” says Dr. Vic Wilson, AASSP executive director.
About AASSP: The Alabama Association of Secondary School Principals is an affiliate association of the Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools (CLAS). CLAS is an umbrella association that serves eleven affiliates comprised of Alabama’s public school administrators. CLAS is dedicated to providing the framework to connect dedicated school administrators and other successful leaders with a network for professional growth and support. For more information, visit www.clasleaders.org.
Photo: Ashley Bowling named Alabama’s 2022 Assistant Principal of the Year.
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