Meet Mrs. Ashley Krason. She teaches classes such as Cross-Cultural Understanding and other classes in the Modern Languages department. She is a mom to three children and the Sponsor for Kissimee Social Tribe.
Mrs. Krason attended Belhaven. While she was there, she was an RA for 3 years. This position is where she realized her passion for student life. She decided she wanted to be a Dean or a Vice President of Student Affairs because she liked the idea of being in the college atmosphere and investing in such a crucial part of life. She spent the summer after she graduated from college teaching English in China which sparked her interest in teaching international students. In 2004, she was hired at MC as a Resident Director. Mrs. Krason did not want to be a teacher at first. In fact, she didn't even think she would stay at MC for long, but the longer she was here, the more MC felt like family. Five years later, she was the Coordinator of Residence Life while she was getting her Masters degree in TESOL and teaching adjunct at night. During an interview with Dr. Stapleton for other student affairs positions, Dr. Stapleton suggested Mrs. Krason started teaching full time.
Passion for People
Mrs. Krason is passionate about the idea of mentor relationships. This passion combined with her love for the college environment reaffirms God's calling for her to teach here at MC. She said that the mentors she had in college really inspired her to pour into others later on in life because they made such an impact on her. Even here at MC, Mrs. Krason has found so many professors who have spurred her on to be the best she can be in all areas of life. This inspiration has only fueled her passion for investing in others and it shows in the way she interacts with her students. She said being the sponsor for Kissimee Social Tribe has opened a lot of doors for new relationships that she can cultivate throughout girls' college careers and even after they graduate. Another thing that she loves about being a sponsor is that it gives her family a chance to be involved on campus.
Mrs. Krason said that since she is an extrovert and gets her energy from people, teaching gives her life and energy. She can be in a bad mood, but once she starts teaching and interacting with students, her mood automatically gets better. Some of the classes she teaches are Cross-Cultural Understanding, Food and Culture, and TESOL minor classes for students who want to teach English to international students. Mrs. Krason not only teaches curriculum, she teaches real life skills like learning about others, accepting them as they are, and showing them Christ's love. This opens the door for those students who feel out of place, different, or judged to come talk to her and feel like there is no judgement. She says that it is a two-way system of communication though, she learns from them just as much as they learn from her.
Her advice to herself and to her students
1. Live authentically- take time to know who you are. Make an investment in yourself and in others to know who you are and be true to that. Be honest with others- It's worth it!
2. Be a grown-up- take responsibility, do the things you are supposed to do, and do them well. Practice doing things on your own in college before you have to do things for yourself in the real world.
3. Don't date churchs and church hop. "Christ came to serve and not to be served." Don't treat church like it's a buffet. If you do, you are missing out on the depth of relationships and the heart of the church. Find a church, invest in it, take the good and the bad, and invest in relationships within that church or you risk looking at the church as a consumer.