Mrs. Jordan's Online Classroom
1: AP World History E109
2: Office Hours E87A
3: CP US History E310
4: CP US History E310
5: CP World History E114
6: Office Hours E87A
7: CP US History E318
8: CP World History E109
Cherry Creek High School
9300 E Union Ave
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
Tutorials Offered During Office Hours or by Appointment in Office E87A.
I'm Ashley Jordan (she/her/hers). I'm from San Diego, California where I grew up loving the San Diego Chargers, local history, and In'N'Out Burger. After graduating college I spent 12 years in Houston, Texas where I picked up the word, "y'all," learned what a deer blind is, and grew to appreciate good brisket and gumbo.
Academically, I describe myself as a bit of a late bloomer - by this I mean, that I knew I loved hearing the stories of older societies and was drawn to learning more about other cultures but I never envisoned myself engaging with them in any significant way. I vividly remember sitting in my Spanish I class looking at a textbook diagram of a typical Spanish breakfast as part of a vocabulary lesson thinking, "When will I ever need to know this? I'm never going to Spain!" During high school my parents encouraged me to attend college. However, since neither of them had gone directly from high school to college, they could not provide a lot of guidance in terms of the courses I should take, let alone any significant nudges toward a career path. Although I knew very little about the direction I would take in regards to a career, I took honors level courses in the subjects that interested me, usually in social studies and Spanish, and spent most of my non-school hours focused on marching band and winterguard.
Nevertheless, by the time I graduated and enrolled at San Diego State University, I knew I loved history and wanted to teach. It was in college that I learned to relish education for its own sake. I majored in social science and minored in English, always taking some assortment of history, political science, geography, economics, and literature or rhetoric courses. Because SDSU was only 20 minutes from my parent's house and was one of the best schools for teaching in the state, I lived at home and took advantage of various honor societies such as Golden Key, Phi Beta Kappa, and Phi Alpha Theta to build valuable friendships. These organizations also gave me the opportunity to perform community service, essemble study groups, and get to know professors outside of the classroom.
After graduating from SDSU, I spent the summer studying Spanish in Salamanca, Spain (funny how things work out, huh?). This was an amazing chance to travel, meet people from all over the world, and to get acquainted with a different culture, all while practicing Spanish. This two month trip confirmed my love of travel. To date, I have traveled internationally to Mexico, the UK, Guatemala, Belize, Spain, Portugal, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Germany.
I began my teaching career at Humble Middle School in 2006 where I taught Texas and US history. During that time I earned my master's degree in history from the University of Houston. I moved to Atascocita High School in 2012 where I taught AP World History and Dual Credit US history.
My husband and I have one son, Atticus, who had a quarantine birthday in April. We look forward to raising our little Bruin in a place that is in the midst of natural beauty, yet has access to all of the amenities of any other major city - the best of both worlds!
As a parent of an elementary school aged kid, there is very little free time but I enjoy making crafts with paper, growing vegetables, experimenting with new recipes, fitness, and making a mess with my latest Pinterest inspired projects. I also enjoy a good movie, trying new cuisine, Oxford commas, taking care of "Our Old House," and going to record stores and concerts. Over quarantine I spent a lot of time baking with celeb baker Christina Tosi over her Instagram channel, and watching Bon Appetit's YouTube channel, particularly their series "Gourmet Makes." I also listened to tons of podcasts including Dolly Parton's America
Movies- I Am Sam, La Bamba, Lincoln, Loving, O Brother, Where Art Thou, The Rocky Series, Tombstone, That Thing You Do!, all Alfred Hitchcock, most Rogers and Hammerstein
TV- Anything with Anthony Bourdain (RIP), Gordon Ramsay or Christina Tosi, Parks and Recreation, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (and anything with Amy Peohler and Tina Fey), Battlestar Galactica, Friday Night Lights, The Walking Dead, Mind of a Chef, and The West Wing
Music- Alt-J, Bjork, Blondie, Borns, Brittany Howard, The Fleet Foxes, Fleetwood Mac, Leon Bridges, Lord Huron, Mika, Nick Waterhouse, Of Monsters and Men, Peter Bjorn and John, The Police, Real Estate, The Lumineers, Leon Bridges, Simon and Garfunkel, Vampire Weekend
Books- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, The Little Prince, The Humans, The Odyssey, The Omnivore's Dilemma, Three Cups of Tea, The Red Tent, The Ugly American, Anything Kurt Vonnegut, Sandra Cisneros, or John Steinbeck, Historical or Historical Fiction Graphic Novels such as Maus or Manifest Destiny
Podcasts- The History of the World in 100 Objects, The History Chicks, The Minimalists, Radiolab Presents: More Perfect, The History of English, The West Wing Weekly, The Sporkful