Degrees and Certifications:

M.A. Art Education, UAB B.A. Studi Art, Auburn University National Board Certified, 2019

Ms. Ashley Sams

Hello everyone! I’m Ashley Sams, the art teacher at AIS. 

I came to Athens from Tuscaloosa City Schools where I spent 5 years teaching elementary art. I have a B.A. in Studio Art from Auburn University and a Master’s in Art Education from UAB. In 2019 I received my National Board Certification. I love researching and learning about new ways to teach your child about art. I teach using a lot of personal choices for the students, empowering them to make creative decisions. 

I was born and raised in Huntsville, and I’m so happy to be back in north Alabama with my family. When I’m not teaching, I love making art of my own, cooking, and reading. I have a brindle hound named Bentley who loves to snuggle. I love volunteering with the special needs community, and just became the director of a summer camp for my special friends. I also love all things Auburn, coffee, chocolate, anything vintage, the mountains, and the beach!

I'm looking forward to a creative year!