About Leigh...
Position: Gifted 3rd Grade
Room: 13
Phone: 480-812-6643
Email: Leigh

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My goal is to empower my students by fueling their curiosity and creativity so they may develop a passion for learning. I hope that you will find my classroom a place where you can join me on a journey of exploration and wonderment of the world. As a mother of two gifted sons I enjoyed watching them learn about the world in which they live and making those gifted connections. I have a fascination with the animal kingdom and its uniqueness and in my spare time I love to read, watch documentaries, and try out new recipes. In 2000, I immigrated to Orange County, California where I found a home at Chapman Hills Elementary School as their Resource Specialist.

My Education and Professional Background

I am originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, where I earned a Bachelor of Science in Education and taught a range of elementary and junior high students. I went back to college to earn a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a specific interest in bridging the educational and developmental gap between third and fifth grades along with a second major in Special Ed. I earned a master’s degree in Special Education from Chapman University. It was my honor to be chosen as an Orange County 2006 Teacher of the Year at the district and county level, and as a Semifinalist for California State Teacher of the Year. Upon moving to Arizona in 2008, I worked at Ryan as Student Service Coordinator/Counselor over Special Ed. I moved back into the classroom and pursued a gifted endorsement. Most recently I have taught 3rd and 4th self-contained gifted.

My Educational Philosophy

As an educator I encourage my students to rise to their full potential in terms of their intellect, work ethic, confidence, creativity, and character. Working with parents and the broader school community, I strive to provide a learning environment that is relevant, rewarding, challenging and most of all, FUN!

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