Photo by Manuel Mata-Flores ’19 | New teacher Mrs. Ashley Doud, who teaches English 2 and English 3, relaxes during her free periods.
Josh Spano ’18
Mrs. Ashley Doud looks forward to teaching at Brophy after being a teacher for 12 years.
Previously, Mrs. Doud taught at Buckeye Union High School and also taught at Estrella Community College.
During her commute to her former job, Mrs. Doud said she passed Brophy regularly.
“I would drive by [Brophy] and be like what is this place about?” Mrs. Doud said.
Eventually, Mrs. Doud heard more about it from her family members.
“I have a lot of family members in the Catholic school system back in California who knew about [Brophy’s] reputation,” Mrs. Doud said.
Mrs. Doud later on decided to apply to Brophy so she could talk about faith in her classroom.
“To be able to [talk about God] is a massive fulfilment I haven’t been able to do,” Mrs. Doud said. “It’s been incredible to bring up some really intense topics that allow us to talk about God and faith.”
She also said the welcome from the community was very warm and friendly.
“From the staff to the students to the parents everyone has been incredibly welcoming and kind,” Mrs. Doud said.
Currently, Mrs. Doud teaches both sophomores and juniors in English.
Sophomore Sam Wright ’20 is a student of Mrs. Doud’s and said she’s incredibly kind.
“She’s the nicest teacher I’ve ever had,” Wright said. “She’s really enthusiastic and she treats everyone in her class really highly.”
Mrs. Doud’s wants her students to enjoy literature.
“My overall goal is to bring literature to life,” Mrs. Doud said. “That was done for me by teachers I had in high school.”
Wright has noticed how Mrs. Doud keeps the students involved in her class and helps keep the class interactive.
“She really likes to keep it upbeat and everyone is always doing something,” Wright said. “It’s really interactive and we do a lot of group activities with our peers.”
Outside of school, Mrs. Doud said she enjoys traveling and reading.
In fact, last summer Mrs. Doud traveled to Switzerland and Italy with her husband.
Mrs. Doud said she is also fond of cooking and even feeds local college kids every Sunday.
“We love to cook as well,” Mrs. Doud said. “We do a thing called taco night at our house where we open our doors to a bunch of local kids every Sunday.”
While in college Mrs. Doud’s professors all helped her find her passion for literature by integrating it with her faith.
“My professors all married [religion] with literature, and that’s how I fell in love with literature,” Mrs. Doud said.