McLellan comes back home to teach in Van

It is like a dream come true for Ashley McLellan to teach in the same school system where she attended as a student for 13 years.

“It has really been fun being back in Van,” pointed out McLellan. “I forgot a lot of things about Van over the past 13 years that I have been away and I am having to re-learn some things.”

McLellan shared about a recent trip that she made to the donut shop in Van. “While I was there, the electricity went out,” recalled McLellan. “The lady working there said not to worry about paying then and to just come back later after the lights came back on. I did go back and pay later in the day but I could not believe how trustworthy that lady was. Van is truly a small town. I also forgot how everybody knows everybody here. I have been reminded of that a lot since I moved back here.”

McLellan is in her first year of teaching second grade at Van Intermediate School after moving back to Van from Buda, Texas, (south of Austin) during the summer.

“I previously taught in a low-income school where I had a very wide range of students,” said McLellan. “Coming here to Van, I feel like I have the experience to be diverse.”

McLellan was born and raised in Van. After graduating from Van High School in 2003, she graduated from Texas State University in San Marcos with a degree in education.

McLellan began her teaching career working in Kyle, Texas, for six years as a first-grade dual language instructor.

She then moved across town to Buda, Texas where she taught kindergarten for two years before moving back to Van.

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