I’m Ashley Semrick.
I’m a veteran classroom educator who has been teaching in New York City classrooms and museums for a decade. Endlessly passionate about the connection between literacy, history, and art, I rely heavily on the inquiry model to generate student curiosity and engagement both in the classroom and in museum galleries.
When not teaching in my 4th grade classroom, I work in public history focusing on late 19th and early 20th century infrastructure in New York City. A licensed NYC tour guide, my public and private historical walking tours focus on the history of the NYC subway, the building of the Brooklyn Bridge, and development of the surrounding downtown area. My current historical research and writing centers on the life and work of Emily Warren Roebling, who holds the distinction of being regarded as the first female civil engineer. My public history work also includes lectures for adult audiences on a range of historical topics. And finally, I visit second grade classrooms all over New York City as a costumed interpreter and educator, portraying Emily Roebling and talking about bridge science in support of their Brooklyn Bridge social studies units.
My consulting work focuses on helping classroom teachers develop curricula to strengthen social studies work using physical and online museum resources and archive collections, as well as honing student engagement strategies for research work both inside and outside the traditional classroom setting.
I’m a proud member of the America Association of Museums, the National Council on Public History, and the American Historical Association.