By Natalie Herr ‘25
In this ‘23-’24 school year, Conestoga Valley High School received an almost completely new board of administration. With this change came a new assistant principal – Mrs. Ashley Johnston.
Mrs. Johnston always wanted to be in some type of leadership role as her first career choice. “I always viewed leadership as something I really enjoyed,” she said. “I was in leadership roles in high school (a member of the student council all through HS and then the VP of the student body my senior year).”
Besides these roles, Mrs. Johnston stayed very busy as a high school student. “I participated in the following activities in HS: cheerleading, volleyball, sports med manager for boys varsity basketball, Student Senate, SADD, Key Club, chorus, and Bog Buddies,” she said.
Mrs. Johnston’s current role as AP aligns with her goals and values, “I value my Christian faith, my family, the students and staff here at CVSD,” she said, adding that she strives for a “growth mindset (always trying to be 1% better today than I was yesterday).”
She added, “My goals are to continue to support my students and staff within the walls of CVHS and to grow as a person in leadership. I hope to start a doctoral program within the next 3-5 years and also run my own building by the end of my career in education.”
Regarding education, she said that “to me, the most important thing is the overall educational experience that all the students are getting within CVHS… making sure that education and fun are able to mesh to make the years great that are spent at CVHS.”
When she isn’t at work, Mrs. Johnston finds ways to relax. “I know how to crochet!” she said. “I have 2 cats, a son (who is 4 yrs. old), and a husband at home. I enjoy reading, and my favorite author is Steven King, but I have also been enjoying Kate Bold.”
“On a rainy day you will find me watching movies with my husband and son on the couch with the fireplace going and under a blanket,” she added. “Don’t forget the popcorn and snacks!”
As she settles into her new role, this is what Mrs. Ashley Johnston wants the students of CVHS to know: “You belong here! I am so happy to be here with everyone and that I hope to help make this school year the best it can be!”