Meet the Admission Team

Our Admission Team is comprised of alumni, parents of students, and professionals who share a love for Carolina Day School. We appreciate being part of the Carolina Day School community and see ourselves as lifelong learners. We look forward to learning more about your child and your aspirations for your student's education.

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Debbie Ashe

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Location(s) Admissions Office
Title(s) Director of Admission and Enrollment Management
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Degree(s) J.D., Cardozo Law School 1987
M.A., University of Pittsburgh 1979
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Debbie Ashe is the admission director and enrollment manager. She recently relocated to Asheville from New York City. Before joining CDS, she served as the director of The School and Child Care Search, a program designed to assist the Provost’s Office with the recruitment and retention of faculty at Columbia University. Debbie was also the director of admission and financial aid at Trevor Day School in Manhattan for 11 years. She was an involved member of the Independent Schools Admissions Association of Greater New York (ISAAGNY), serving as co-chair and communications chair during her tenure as an officer. Debbie earned her B.A. in Comparative Literature and M.A. in English from University of Pittsburgh and a J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. She is also certified to teach English as a second language.

Get to know Debbie Ashe:

What do you like most about your job at CDS?  “I am excited about working with a great team in admissions, in the administration and in the classroom. I look forward to meeting all of the CDS constituencies and to establishing relationships with organizations and institutions in Asheville.”

What books and authors inspire you in your work?  Wonder by R. J. Palacio and Whistling Vivaldi:  How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do About It by Claude Steele. The first is a novel written for middle-grade students and the second a work of non-fiction based on academic research. Both are about differences and how they affect individuals and our society.”

What is your favorite quote about education, mentorship, children and/or learning?  “So many things are possible just as long as you don’t know they’re impossible.”  The Phantom Tollbooth, Norton Juster, 1961

How would you describe yourself and/or your approach to your job in 10 words or less?  “You must be careful! Treat them carefully! They’re people.”  The Indian in the Cupboard, Lynne Reid Banks, 1980

Which projects/events are you known for?  “With another parent at my children’s school (Trevor Day School in Manhattan), I hosted nine years of themed parties for our annual auction. One involved The American Museum of Natural History where teams were sent on a scavenger hunt and had to bring back “relics” that they created from Play-Doh or photos from the Polaroid cameras in their backpacks. Another party had teams creating a film in the style of a particular auteur, using local landmarks, and costumes we’d packed for them.”

What personal passion brings balance to your life?  “Knitting is pure potential. Every ball or skein of yarn holds something inside it, and the great mystery of what that might be can be almost spiritual.” ― Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, Knitting Rules!: The Yarn Harlot Unravels the Mysteries of Swatching, Stashing, Ribbing & Rolling to Free Your Inner Knitter

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