Ashli Skura Dreher, a Grand Island Board of Education member, was awarded a $3,000 scholarship from the Buffalo Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW). Dreher, a dissertation-level doctoral student at the University of Rochester, has been a teacher for 21 years, currently working at Lewiston-Porter Central School District as a special education teacher. The AAUW award recognizes women who have demonstrated activism in line with the AAUW mission of equality for women and girls.
Dreher has a strong interest in the development of girls and young women’s community-building and leadership capabilities. She devotes her teaching time to ensure all of her students are successful despite the barriers they may endure. She hosts a television program to highlight outstanding public school teachers called "Inside the Classroom" broadcast on WBBZ. She is also a contributing author to a recently published book, "Confronting Oppressive Assessment: How Policy-Makers are Rethinking Current Educational Reforms."
Dreher is a 2017 inductee into the National Teachers Hall of Fame. As a single mother of two daughters, Heavyn and Skye, she has demonstrated determination, self-confidence and has created a template for reshaping one’s life. “I feel blessed when walking into a classroom that I can have an impact on people’s lives,” she said.
Future plans may include pursuing a seat in the legislature and earning a second doctorate with a focus on policy.