Ashley Oliver is originally from the small Maine town of Baileyville, but now resides in Portland to attend USM. She is an English major also enrolled in the Elementary Teaching program and is set to graduate next spring. She absolutely loves every second of working with The Telling Room and the amazing students they bring in. Seeing such pure excitement about learning and about writing in particular makes her smile big and bright all day long after she's visited. Ashley says, "It is difficult to choose a favorite program that I have worked with at the TR, but the Writers Rock Out program in Westbrook wins out. Despite the unbearable summer heat and the short amount of time the kids had to create, they managed to pump out some of the craziest stories, poems, and pictures my eyes have ever come across! Go Westbrook Summer Lunch!"
In her spare time, Ashley enjoys hiking, relaxing with a great book, or baking goodies, but she loves baking shaped cakes best. She's made cows, bicycles, margaritas, guitars and everything in between. She hopes to bring all of the wonderful things she's learned from the Telling Room into her classroom one day. "Thank you!" she writes. "Watching the way the TR functions has been the best influence any aspiring teacher could ask for!"