Leslie’s educational career spans nearly 30 years. Prior to accepting the position as Staff Developer for Learning Sciences International, she served students and families as a classroom teacher at both elementary and secondary levels, specializing in ELA, Reading, and Social Studies. In the last five years of her public education career, she supported teachers and building leaders as a Pre-K-12 Professional Development Specialist in her district. Leslie earned her degrees in Education and History from the State University of New York, College at Brockport.

While in the classroom, Leslie saw the benefit of designing and facilitating learning experiences using LSI’s research-based best practices. As a PLC facilitator, Department Chair, and New Teacher Mentor, she began assisting other teachers to implement and evaluate these practices in their classrooms. Later in her career, Leslie partnered alongside district and building leaders as a Professional Development Specialist to successfully turn around several at-risk schools by coaching the implementation of standards-based instruction as well as high-impact strategies that positively influenced student achievement. In this ever-changing profession, she stays consistent with her passion for inspiring teachers and leaders to develop their craft. She strives to foster an environment of collaboration and growth with those she serves by validating the work that has been done, challenging stakeholders to reflect on their current practice through analysis of student outcomes, and ultimately to do better each and every day to prepare all of our students for a future we can’t yet imagine.