About Ms. Kinton
My name is Ashley Kinton and I am the new Special Education Director at
Arizona Autism Charter Schools. This is my first year at AZACS, and I am truly
excited for the opportunity to work for such a wonderful school this year!
I fell in love with the idea of a career in Special Education when my younger
brother was diagnosed with Autism in 2003. As a family, we have spent the
last 18 years learning, supporting, and sharing our passion for children and
individuals with special needs.
My career in special education began in 2008 when I became a behavior coach
at a local behavioral health facility in the valley. In 2011, I obtained my
undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and accepted a position as a
Self-Contained teacher. It was this experience that inspired me to pursue my
master’s degree in Special Education in 2012. During my master’s program, I
joined the Litchfield Elementary School District as an 8th grade Special
Education Resource teacher.
Upon graduation, I taught internationally as a 2nd-grade teacher in China and a Special Education teacher in the Dominican Republic. While abroad, I noticed that international schools were in dire need of leaders in special education. My desire to become a leader in the field, fueled my decision to return to America to pursue a Ed.S degree in Educational Leadership. After serving as the Sped Director and Coordinator at some of the high performing charter schools in our community over the last two years, I am so happy that I’ve found a home at AZACS!
Aside from special education, my passions include traveling, singing, laughing,
riding roller coasters, playing board games, spending time with my family and
friends, and enjoying life!