Leah is a native Floridian and transplanted to Santa Cruz in December 2011. She received both her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Master’s degree in Education from the University of Florida. For her Master’s, she specialized in science and technology education with an emphasis on hands-on learning. She has over 10 years experience working with children and families from diverse backgrounds and prides herself on optimizing success through nurturing and stimulating children’s abilities and appetites for learning. Before moving to Santa Cruz, she taught 7th grade life science in Gainesville, Florida and also taught elementary school.
As Education Director, she provides one-on-one tutoring and homework help while also planning and providing fun, life-enhancing educational activities. She believes strongly in fostering critical thinking skills and is focused on developing youth into productive citizens, as well as increasing character development, opportunities, and sense of community.