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 new art teacher. I am so excited to join the AIS family! 

I’m coming 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. I love researching and learning about new ways to teach your child about art. I teach using the Teaching for Artistic Behavior philosophy. This involves a lot of personal choice for the students and empowers 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. My dad and little brother are accountants in Huntsville. My mother is a retired teacher from Huntsville City Schools, so you could say teaching is in my blood! 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 special needs adults, and just became the director of a camp for my special friends. I also love all things Auburn, coffee, chocolate, anything vintage, the mountains, and the beach!

One of my goals this year is to document what we do in the art room on Instagram. If you’d like to follow along you can find me @messyhandshappyhearts