Ashley Brasfield GMSD Principal of the Year

Ashley Brasfield has served as the well-respected Principal of Farmington Elementary School since 2019. Her tenure has been marked by fostering trust and community, optimizing instructional schedules, and championing effective educational curricula. Ashley’s efforts have established a warm and family-centric educational environment that balances students' well-being and academic excellence. Weekly, you will find Ashley learning and discussing alongside FES teachers during their weekly PLCs. Being a part of each grade-level's PLC allows Ashley to know by name students strengths and challenges. Weekly, she demonstrates a growth-mindset by protecting the time she spends in PLCs, not just as a leader but also as a learner.

Her tagline, “We love you here at Farmington,” is more than a catch-phrase, it’s a personal mantra.  

Ashley’s resume reflects a distinguished 19-year career marked by several achievements and awards as a teacher, a teacher leader, a student services coordinator, an assistant principal, and finally as the principal of Farmington Elementary School. While serving as a teacher, Ashley was appointed as a Master Teacher and achieved the Level 5 LOE designation. Her excellence in teaching and leadership was acknowledged with a PTA Lifetime Achievement Award, and she was celebrated as the Grizzlies Educator of the Month. 

She has been a mentor for teachers aspiring to become administrators through the Memphis Learning Centered Leadership Scholars Program and the TASL Academy APA 15W. She was also recognized as a Student of the, competitive entry, Memphis Learning Centered Leadership Scholars Program, highlighting her commitment to professional development. As leader of the school, those traditions of professional development continue.

Ashley is Farmington's number one cheerleader and consistently seeks to nurture a culture of kindness and excellence, and a sense of family. Recently, she spearheaded an initiative to replace all the traditional cafeteria tables with round family-style tables to promote student conversation and inclusiveness. Working alongside the PTO, she was able to secure over $70,000 in donations towards the cause. 

Whether it is greeting students as they enter the building each morning, stopping by classrooms to celebrate with students, being the first to jump into the dunk tank or inflatable sumo costume, or making sure the halls are decorated for holidays or special occasions,  Ashley's motivation is to do all that she can to make sure that teachers, students, and families know they are loved at Farmington.