Leigh has spent over a decade of her more than 25 year career with TSMSOC. Before coming to The St. Michael School, her career included instruction with early childhood through middle school students. She has been involved with public and private institutions, in both traditional and non-traditional settings. Leigh has a BA in education from Illinois Wesleyan University; is working towards her MA at this time; and has certification in Reading Recovery intervention programs for young children, reading/language for middle school aged students and has been trained by the NSF Math and Science Enhancement Project (MASE). Leigh was nominated for the Peabody Education Award in 2011 and has led instructional intervention teams, as well as presented to groups of educators.
Leigh deeply believes that the foundation of education lies in the instruction of personal skills. Social instruction does not end in the early years of education, but should continue throughout one’s educational career. It is her belief that the acquisition of strong Interpersonal and Intrapersonal skills is what creates citizens who contribute to the betterment of our society. In addition, Leigh frequently uses a Socratic approach in the classroom to encourage deeper, more critical thinking with her students and strives to create a warm classroom community.
Leigh lives with her teenage son, Ian, who is a graduate of TSMSOC, her partner, Joe, and their dog, Hannah. In her spare time, she continues to hone her meditation practice, spend time on the trails in Forest Park, and drink more than her fair share of coffee.