Ashton Wheeler Clemmons believes deeply in the power of education to dramatically transform lives and communities. Currently, Ashton is the Assistant Superintendent of Thomasville City Schools. Previously, she was the principal for Brooks Global Studies Elementary school in Greensboro, North Carolina. Before Brooks Global, Clemmons served as assistant principal and principal of a federal turnaround elementary school where more than ninety-nine percent of students receive free and reduced lunch and more than fifty percent speak languages other than English. During her time the school increased achievement dramatically in all areas and was named the Title One School of the Year.
Clemmons received her undergraduate degree with honors in Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her Master's Degree in School Leadership from Harvard University. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Educational Leadership. She is a recipient of the Triad Business Journal's "Forty Leaders Under Forty", the NCASCD Outstanding Young Educator Award, the Harvard Graduate School of Education Intellectual Contribution Fellowship, the United Way Outstanding Human Rights Advocate Award and the Governor's Volunteer Award.