Ashley Lankford ’11, ’13 is an occupational therapist at Cecil County Public Schools in Elkton, Maryland. In this career, Lankford works with students ranging from ages three to 14, by providing them with services and strategies to help them be the most successful in the classroom. “I love being able to provide services for my students so that I become a part of the classroom environment, but more importantly, help to build a sense of community within the classroom including my students with disabilities.”
During her time at Shenandoah, Lankford came across numerous opportunities, including working with a neuropsychologist for a semester. This experience increased her understanding of biopsychology, which in turn has assisted in her day-to-day work with students. Not only did these opportunities inspire Lankford in her studies at Shenandoah, but also with her professors and advisors, who have since become life-long advisors.
Lankford’s advice to current students is: “Continue to challenge yourself and take every opportunity you can. Be creative, and don’t be afraid to fail. Keep up with your classmates and peers, and rely on them, because they know what you are going through, and can help you get through it. Remember, at the end of the day, that what you do makes a difference.”