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Ashley Lynn Priore

Ashley Lynn Priore

Pittsburgh, United States


Founder, President, CEO of The Queen's Gambit Chess Institute Advocate for Kids Life-long learner

About me

Hello! My name is Ashley Lynn Priore. I graduated from Ellis School in June and am attending the University of Pittsburgh for English, Business, and Political Science. I'm a native Pittsburgher and live in Shadyside.

I'm also the founder and CEO of The Queen's Gambit Chess Institute, a Pittsburgh based non-profit organization dedicated to teaching chess to the community. We ensure every child has the necessary tools and opportunities to learn the game of chess through a 21st-century approach to education. You can learn more about us on the Kidsburgh website as well as Remake Learning. We partner with local government, Remake Learning, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, and other groups in the city to make chess accessible and used for educational and social benefits. One important aspect of the work we do is community-based projects. Students learn about real-world issues and use the strategy of chess to come up with achievable solutions. These issues range from racial inequalities, low-income housing, and lack of STEAM-focused learning. Some solutions include writing mock legislation to send to the local government, hosting advocacy events, and more. 

Why do you want to be a part of the HundrED Community?

I grew up with the philosophy that if everyone is included and if everyone's voices are heard, amazing things can happen. HundrED understands that education is changing, and I want to be a part of a global community that appreciates the value of innovative partnerships and education. 

How can education support students to flourish?

Education comes in so many forms. Students learn everyday from everything. Every single interaction that takes place between a student and the world is education. The world is our classroom.  

What role does innovation play in education change?

For too long, education has been seen by many as linear in the classroom learning. However, this is just not true anymore. To me, innovation in education is when students and their needs, interests, and real world experiences come first.

Education impacts everyone. Education is the basis for the next generation of leaders. 
Ashley Lynn Priore