Each person has a story and it’s finally time for me to tell mine. My story began nearly 30 years ago, but I won’t bore you with all of those details. Let’s get right to the good part with all the fun and fancy details. Here we go!
My name is Ashlee Chesny. I am a published children’s author and I am on a mission to change the way our nation approaches education, as well as child development. I use my children’s books to get children excited about learning. In fact, by using my children’s books to create educational programming, I help to engage and re-engage children in the learning process. Because of these noble missions, I have been called a literary super hero and the author with a heart of gold. I love both of those titles and feel honored to have them.
Aside from being an avid storyteller and creator of characters, I am the founder of several programs that serve children at different stages in their learning adventures. There is Literacy Come to Life, which is a nonprofit social education program. There is Junior Storyteller Program, which teaches children to use their own voices to create stories of their own. Lastly, there is Mrs. Ashlee's Learning Emporium, which provides parents with children ages 2-6 the resources they need to make learning an adventure at home. For more on my programming, click here.
All of my programming is founded on the principle of Proverbs 22:6, which states “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” I believe that by serving the “he” instead of the “should go”, a successful, purpose filled child will be developed. I focus on helping the child to find their individual path according to their interest and God given gifts. From this, the child is trained up properly and provided with the resources that they need to change their piece of the world.
My programming creates confident, life-long learners by celebrating each child’s personal brilliance. I love what I do because I don’t give grades or measure children against standards. I get them to be engaged and excited about learning in their own unique way. Currently, I conduct after school programs, workshops and summer camps in Metro Detroit. In addition, we provide parents, educators and organizations with support through our workshops and more. Programming is always expanding and growing. Through partnerships with passionate parents and organizations, I am blessed to devote my life to serving children, so that they may be all that they were born to be!
There have been some pretty cool highlights in my story. In 2014, I performed my story, “Niko and the Trouble Bubble” at the Charles H. Wright Museum before it was published. Later that year, I published my first two children’s books. In 2015, I had the opportunity to read one of my titles with Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence to a group of students for March Reading Month. The Congresswoman recognized me for my work in the community later that year with an official letter. That summer, I created Literacy Come to Life and kicked off my first summer camp, serving nearly 100 inner city children. Our program was such a success that we have been welcomed back to the host site each year for After School Programming and summer camp. In 2016, I was honored with the Excellence Under 40 Award by the longstanding B.A.L.L Foundation in Detroit.
I have hosted workshops for Detroit Public Schools, Oakland Livingston Human Services Agency, The Children’s Center, the Ann Arbor Hands on Museum, a host of schools and daycares.
While being recognized for my work is certainly nice, I am truly blessed to be able to live my passion each day. I hope that my story inspires you and that my journey benefits you. Welcome to my site and my story.
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