Alumni Spotlight | Ashley Montalvo '12
Ashley Montalvo '12
The faculty and staff at Bridgewater College “were the village that helped raise my daughter,” said Ashley Montalvo ’12, as she recalled her college experience.
Ashley came to BC from New York after encountering a Bridgewater College admissions counselor at a college fair. “He was honestly the only person there that didn’t just hand me a pen,” she said. She valued the variety of classes Bridgewater had to offer and decided to major in psychology thanks to a general education class that sparked her interest. “It wasn’t until my Behavioral Psychology class with Dr. Honeycutt that I truly realized my passion and the population that I wanted to serve.”
After she became pregnant, Ashley worried that she wouldn’t be able to graduate. She returned to BC with her two-month old daughter and discovered an “amazing and supportive” faculty and staff. She said it was a challenging experience, but that it made her a better parent and prepared her well for the rest of her life.
She was also involved in the Active Minds chapter at BC, a student organization that helps build awareness for mental illness, and was its first president.
After graduation, she got a job as a Behavior Technician at a school that specializes in working with children who have autism. She is currently working on getting her master’s degree in teaching special education and working as a preschool teacher, in addition to raising two children and working with a community organization that raises awareness about addiction.
Ashley loves coming back to Bridgewater. She has spoken to psychology students about her current career path and attended the Send Silence Packing Active Minds event. “I was really proud and excited as an alumna to support [Active Minds] during that event,” she said.