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Educator. Advocate. Student voice champion. Social media proponent. Professional development leader. Yogi.  Growth mindset developer.

Ashley J. Cooksey is an educator and former school librarian in Arkansas. Throughout her many years in education, Ashley spent seven of those years as a school librarian. During this time she has worked with students in all grade levels (K-12), as well as lead professional development for teachers. Now, as a director of technology learning and an adjunct instructor, Ashley shares her experiences and expertise through professional learning opportunities. 


She is a past president of the Arkansas Association of Instructional Media (AAIM) and a member of the Arkansas Library Association (ArLA), International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), and The American Library Association and American Association for School Librarians (ALA/AASL). Ashley has been a blogger for AASL’s Knowledge Quest and was a co-founder of #ArkTLChat. Ashley is a Flipgrid and Wakelet certified educator and product ambassador. She was also a participant in the Arkansas Declaration of Learning program.


She has been the recipient of the following awards:

  • Arkansas Library Association Retta Patrick Award (2014 & 2018)

  • AASL Social Media Superstar Award as an Advocacy Ambassador (2018)

  • Arkansas Association of Instructional Media Pat McDonald Outstanding Individual Achievement Award (2019)

  • Arkansas Association of Instructional Media Technology Leader of the Year (2021)

  • Arkansas Association of Instructional Media Herb Lawrence Leadership Service Award (2022)


She is a passionate advocate for student voice, blended learning, creating a growth mindset in education, and using social media to enhance learning and as a tool to advocate for public education.

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