VERDE VALLEY EDUCATOR OF THE WEEK: Kristy Aston
CLARKDALE – In education, resourcefulness isn’t limited to the classroom.
For Kristy Aston, it’s just as important to be imaginative behind the scenes.
“I enjoy working with the teachers and school administrators,” says Aston, business manager at Clarkdale-Jerome School District for the past 12 years. “They are always looking for creative ways to help the students, and I like helping them find creative ways to fund their ideas.”
A self-described “numbers person,” Aston says she enjoys “making the budget work as much as possible for everyone.”
Aston’s ability to be both efficient and innovative is why District Superintendent Danny Brown says she is a “great resource.”
“With Kristy’s knowledge and experience, she tries to find ways, financially, to help create and grow programs,” Brown says. “She also keeps the district out of any trouble financially.”
Though Aston says she enjoys her work, the “lack of state funding makes it difficult to meet all the needs of the school, staff and students.”
“The capital funding has been cut the most making it more difficult for schools to update textbooks and technology to help keep the students current,” Aston says.
When Aston isn’t hard at work, her family enjoys camping at the sand dunes and riding ATVs.
“Family time, either camping or vacationing is what I enjoy most,” Aston says. “Raising kids doesn’t leave much time for other hobbies, but our son is a senior this year so we might be looking for some new hobbies in the near future.”
Aston says she believes in a “Team Leadership style.”
“I believe we are all in it together to solve problems as best we can,” she says. “Everyone has a part to play and great ideas come from working together as a team.”
Aston is on the Board of Christian Education at Faith Lutheran Church for the Hilltop Christian Preschool.
Says Clarkdale-Jerome Superintendent Danny Brown: “I can usually spot folks who are really good at what they do and Kristy is no exception.”
DID YOU KNOW?
Aston attended Cottonwood schools growing up: Cottonwood Elementary, Cottonwood Middle School and Mingus Union High School. “I have lived in the Verde Valley for over 50 years.”