Ashley Townsend is a K–5 STEM teacher in the Baton Rouge, LA, area. Her classes incorporate coding, robotics, and design thinking while supporting cross-curricular integration. Her 18 years in public schools have included work in every subject area with rural and suburban students as well as English language learners and students with special needs. She currently serves on NSTA’s Committee on Preschool–Elementary Science Teaching and is the state sponsor of the Elementary Beta Club as well as the FLL Robotics and Junior Beta clubs at Oak Grove Primary School. She also works as a writer for The AVID Center and has taught professional development in math, science, and STEM in different parts of the United States as well as in the United Arab Emirates. She was the 2019 Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators Elementary Teacher of the Year and a two-time winner of the Shell Regional Science Lab Challenge.