Many of the educators who have earned Rockin’ Jump’s Teacher of the Month award knew they wanted to be a teacher from an early age, but it took January’s honoree, Ashley Skidmore, a little longer to find her chosen profession.
“If you contacted some of my (old) teachers and told them, ‘Ashley is a Teacher,’ they would be like, “What?!,” Skidmore now says with a laugh.
Growing up in Maryland, Skidmore battled attention deficit disorder and wasn’t always engaged in class as a youngster, but that began to change as she got older.
“I had a couple teachers that I could really understand,” she says of her evolution from struggling young student to a summa cum laude college graduate. “They were perky and engaging and provided a hands-on experience.”
Skidmore began to learn in different ways, using hand gestures and song, among other techniques, to help her recall subject matter. Motivated by the teachers who made a difference and her own success, Skidmore pursued a career in education, a decision that led her from Alleghany County, Maryland to Myrtle Beach Elementary School as a fourth grade teacher.
Relying on her experience as a student, Skidmore places an emphasis on creating a positive classroom environment and encourages students to learn in a way that works for them.
“Whenever you have a happy classroom, your kids want to work for you,” Skidmore said. “I want to help kids like me that struggle … Seeing their excitement for learning and how much they enjoy being at school, that’s what keeps me going.”
That excitement grew exponentially when Skidmore was named Rockin’ Jump’s Teacher of the Month and her students received free 30-minute jump passes at Myrtle Beach’s ultimate trampoline park.
A mother of two, when Skidmore has free time, she enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her family at the beach.
About Rockin Jump
Rockin’ Jump LLC is a subsidiary of the CircusTrix Corporation and headquartered in San Ramon, CA. The first Rockin’ Jump Trampoline Park opened in 2011 in Dublin, CA and has grown to 44 parks in the USA. The Myrtle Beach location, locally owned by Steve and Chrissy Mays and Mike Shank, opened May 26, 2016. In 2018, with CircusTrix acquisition of SkyZone, Rockin’ Jump became part of the largest indoor recreation and trampoline company in the world, reaching nearly 300 parks worldwide. Rockin’ Jump is known for its safe, clean, family fun environment with activities for all ages. Additionally, Rockin’ Jump is a founding member of the ASTM International committee dedicated to establishing trampoline park safety standards and making guest safety the highest priority. For more information, visit www.rockinjump.com.