Special Education Teacher, Grades 8-12 and to age 21

Youngstown, New York

Total years as a classroom teacher: 21


University of Rochester            EdD in Teaching and Curriculum                                  2017
Buffalo State College                Certificate of Advanced Study, Educational Leadership   2002
D’Youville College                  Special Education Certification, Birth to 21                    1998
Canisius College                      Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education                1995


1998 to present             8-12 Special Education, Lewiston Porter Middle and High School, Youngstown, NY
2002- 2015                   Special Education and Reading, Ulster Community College
1997-1998                   6th grade Special Education Consultant, Amherst Central School District
1996-1997                   K-6 Resource Room and Consultant Special Ed teacher, High School GED teacher
2016               New York Governor’s Empire State Excellence in Teaching Award
2016               Fund for Teachers Fellow
2015               NEA Global Learning Fellow
2014               New York State Teacher of the Year
2014               Am-Pol Eagle Newspaper Citizen of the Year
2006               New York State Rehabilitation Award
2002               National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification

  • Dreher’s classroom reflects her philosophy that every child will be welcomed with open arms and that his or her potential would never be underestimated.


  • Dreher feels that the role of the teacher was not a role she chose; it was one that chose her.




“She handles each individual child with a caring, fair approach by taking time to listen and to be a proactive voice for her students. Her professionalism, effectiveness as a teacher, and her love and concern for students are traits that are certainly worthy of emulating.”

–Andrew M. Auer, Principal, Lewiston-Porter High School




“Ashli Dreher has become more than just a great teacher.  She’s also a mentor and a great friend. She is loved so much by all of her students and their families because of her awesome way of teaching, her caring ways, and her perseverance of never giving up on any child.”

             –Jennie Welder, parent of former students