Oakridge Alumna and Educator to Lead the Early Childhood Center

Oakridge Alumna and Educator to Lead the Early Childhood Center

The Oakridge School has selected Mrs. Ashley Read ’05 to serve as interim director of its Betty Garvin Garton Early Childhood Center (ECC). While her new role takes effect July 1, 2022, Read is already a familiar face to the Oakridge community.


“Over the past 13 years, Ashley has served as a teacher, mentor, technology integration and professional development specialist, and most recently, assistant director of technology and modern learning,” said a letter to ECC parents sent by Head of School Jon Kellam and Head of School-elect Matt Burgy in early May. Read began her journey at Oakridge as a student at the ECC in 1990, graduating from the Upper School in 2005. After earning a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from Texas Christian University (TCU), she returned to her alma mater to teach. During that time, she earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Texas at Arlington.

“Ashley is a joy to work with because she is candid, conscientious, and a creative problem-solver,” said Dr. Sarah Schecter, head of Lower School and interim ECC director. “She is also wise beyond her years and understands Oakridge and embraces its mission.”

Director of Technology and Modern Learning, Mrs. Michelle Vaughn, called Read an exceptional educator who truly loves children. “She is a servant leader who models high expectations for both students and faculty.” Since serving at Oakridge, Read has served as the leader for the Public Speaking Research and Design Committee, co-chair for the Lausanne Learning Institute of the Southwest Conference, presented at a variety of conferences nationwide, served on the Strategic Planning Committee, and led professional development sessions school-wide.

When she is not working, Read enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband, David ’06, and their two children, who both attend Oakridge. She considers the campus, its students, and her colleagues a true part of their family.

“Since the age of four, Oakridge has served as my home away from home,” Read said. “I feel honored and humbled to serve alongside such influential, kind, and encouraging educators who have a unique opportunity to inspire children from age 3 all the way to Upper School graduation.”

  • Children
  • ECC
  • Early Childhood
  • Leadership
  • Texas Christian University
  • University of Texas at Arlington
  • strategic planning