I wake up every day with a heart full of gratitude that I get to be an educator and leader at KIPP Journey. As educators, we have the limitless potential to unlock the limitless potential of our students. We get to create a space of belonging where our students can discover more about who they are, their curiosities and the world around them. I believe a love of learning and constant growth is the best way to live life to its fullest, and it’s the best way to become better for our students each day as they are on their journey to and through college.
Ashley Monteil is the founding school leader of KIPP Journey Primary in Houston, Texas. Before joining the KIPP Team and Family, Ms. Monteil was a teacher in the Houston Independent School District (HISD) for six years where she taught second and fourth grade. She joined KIPP as a founding Assistant Principal at KIPP CONNECT Primary where she served for four years. Ms. Monteil attended The American University in Washington, D.C., where she earned a Bachelor of Art in Literature. Since her career as an educator began, she has earned a Master’s of Education from the University of St. Thomas, a Master’s of Business Administration from Rice University, and received recognition for her passionate teaching and leadership as the HISD Teacher of the Year in 2012. Ms. Monteil is excited to open KIPP Journey Primary in August of 2019, welcoming our founding classes of kindergarten and first grade students! She enjoys running and every moment she is able to spend outdoors with her dog, Max.