Degrees and Certifications:

Ms. Ashley Peña


 My name is Ashley (Anderson) Peña and this is my third year teaching at Mckinley.  I will be teaching English 1 and Journalism.  I have previously taught English 2, English 3, and ACT Prep. 

I graduated in 2010 from Southern Illinois University Carbondale with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism.  In May 2016, I completed my teacher certification education with University of Missouri-St. Louis and in the Fall of 2016 I had my first classroom with St. Louis Public Schools.  In 2018, I completed my Master's degree with UMSL.  I also received my Reading Specialist Certification through UMSL in 2021.

I am passionate about helping my students learn the skills they need to be successful in and outside of the classroom.  I am excited as we venture into this new school year and look forward to what the students will learn and what they will accomplish.

Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns throughout the school year.  The best way to reach me is by email.