Degrees and Certifications:

Dr. Shelly Ward Richards

Dear Families,

I am very excited to join the H. Ashton Marsh crew with their All Hands on Deck attitude. Everyone has been so welcoming to me from the students to the staff and families. I love to see the students excited faces each morning as they come in to school and during lunch and recess when they tell me stories about their day. Elementary school is a special place where students learn and grow so much in a short period of time. I am thankful and extremely proud to be part of that process. I take my position very seriously as I want everyone to feel included, safe and be able to flourish each and every day.    

In my twenty plus years of experience as an educator, I have been a teacher, a supervisor and a prinicpal. At times,it has been a challenge but I have loved every minute of educating students. My masters degree is in Teaching and Learning and I have a doctorate degree specializing in Early Litearcy and Reading. My recent focus has been to learn as much as possible about Restorative Practices and Resiliency. Our children need as many tools as possible to navigate conflict, minimize anxiety, and overcome adversity so they can thrive in our ever changing world.

As a mother of two grown children, I appreciate and understand the role the family plays in a child's success. Please feel free to reach out to me concerning any matter or provide me with feedback at   

With much gratitude,

Shelly Ward Richards, Ed.D.