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NC3 has some impressive team members in our ranks and this Staff Spotlight series aims to highlight the incredibly talented individuals who work with us. We’ll be featuring a new interview in our monthly newsletters, here on our website, and on our social media pages each month.
Ashley Crissman | NC3’s Training Coordinator
Before NC3, Ashley worked in healthcare and restaurant management. Her favorite project at NC3 so far was the Train-the-Trainer 55 at Wayne Community College. Ashley values family time and describes the NC3 team as kind, intelligent, motivated, and fun. With a commitment to continuous learning, she appreciates the team’s diversity for creating a connected community.
Check out our Q&A session below to learn more about Ashley!
I worked in a doctor’s office with three physiatrists practicing medicine related to physical medicine and rehabilitation. I also worked as a manager at Texas Roadhouse, Cheddars, and as a Canine Manager at Angels for Animals, an animal shelter in Mahoning County, Ohio.
I attended Mahoning County Career and Technical Center in high school, and experiencing technical education first hand gave me a unique perspective on learning and education. That’s where my interest in technical education started, I went from an average student to an honor roll student and took classes that taught me how to do my taxes, vote, and buy a house. The benefits and what I took from being a part of technical education is what I value and use daily in my adult life.
My favorite project so far has been my experience at the Train-the-Trainer 55 at Wayne Community College. It was the first Train-the-Trainer I attended. From beginning to end, it was an unforgettable experience. I connected with so many instructors and had the opportunity to learn from them. It was the first time I met the NC3 team, and they welcomed me with open arms; they love what they do and are excited to teach and answer any questions; it’s an incredible group to be a part of.
I feel the happiest whenever I am with my son, we make an excellent team. Watching him achieve his goals and seeing him excited on Christmas morning and game days fills me with immense joy. I never thought I would love sitting out in snowstorms or getting our shoes stuck on a muddy field after a rainstorm, but being his mom makes everything worth it.
They are genuinely the kindest, smartest, motivated, fun, and loyal group of people. I had not traveled by plane more than three times in my life before working with NC3. From the plane ride, to getting picked up at the airport, and spending the next four days with people I had never met before, it was a little nerve wracking. Every interaction I had with them was so warm and welcoming that it felt like I had known them for years. The kind of people you don’t have to worry about anything because everyone has each other’s back. That’s a rare thing to find, and it is truly a group filled with nothing but love and encouragement for one another. I’m thankful to be a part of it.
I love the saying, “if you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room.” What that means to me is surrounding yourself with people who inspire and teach you, placing yourself in a position to learn something you’ve never learned before, asking questions, being vulnerable, and challenging yourself because there is value in being the little fish in the big pond.
I was most surprised to learn how diverse a group of people everyone is. Working with people all over the United States is such an incredible experience. We’re all similar types of people, but everyone has a unique story, and it’s so interesting to hear about the different lives everyone lived and still connected to create this amazing group.