Leslie is an instructional technology coach in her hometown. In her position, she works with the middle and high schools in the district. Her responsibilities include assisting with the implementation of Google Apps for Education and Safari Montage as well as training teachers how to integrate technology, digital citizenship, and 21st century skills into their daily lessons. Prior to becoming an instructional technology coach, Leslie was a middle school language arts teacher for four years and a high school English teacher for seven years. Growing up, she primarily lived in New York and spent two years in Ankara, Turkey. When her career Army father retired, the family moved back down south. She holds a BA in Political Science from West Georgia College, an MS in Rural and Small Town Planning from the State University of West Georgia, and certification in Administration and Supervision from the University of West Georgia. She has also completed a significant amount of coursework from Georgia Southern University where she was enrolled in the Curriculum Studies doctoral program. Because of her love for her Alma Mater, Leslie is heavily involved with the University of West Georgia Alumni Association. She currently serves as the chair of the Engagement Committee.
Since she did not graduate from college with a traditional teaching degree, Leslie pursued other employment opportunities. As a 4-H Program Assistant with the Spalding County Cooperative Extension Service, she worked with the local school system to provide programming for the 1,200 youth members enrolled in 4-H. Upon leaving the Extension Service, she worked for two different Girl Scout Councils with increasing levels of responsibility which included girl and adult recruitment and retention, programming, training, and evaluation as well as the multi-million dollar cookie program.
After graduate school, Leslie was able to realize her dream of becoming an educator. She currently holds T5 Certification (Gifted-in-Field) in Middle Grades (4-8) Social Studies and English Language Arts and 7-12 English. Leslie previously served as the coach of the swim team and the debate team. In addition, she advised the activities of the student council, the 4-H Club, and the Students Against Destructive Decisions Chapter.
Since becoming an instructional technology coach, Leslie has become a Google Certified Educator Level 2 and a Google For Education Certified Trainer. She has presented at several conferences including the Griffin RESA Technology Drive-In Conference, the Georgia Educational Technology Conference, the Georgia Council of Teachers of English Conference, and the International Society for Technology in Education Conference. Conference session titles include Social Media Awareness for Parents, From Tin Cans to Twitter: Maximizing Your Personal Learning Network, Digital Storytelling: This Is How I See the World, Ready to Ignite: Online Professional Development in Griffin-Spalding County Schools, Simplifying by Chromifying: Making Google Apps Work for You, and Anytime and Anywhere: Online Professional Learning.
In her free time, she likes traveling internationally, photography, eating out at fine dining establishments, and spending time with friends and family. She is currently working on putting together an international travel opportunity for interested teachers. The goal is to bring teachers from across the globe to travel, work, learn, and share a common experience. The teachers will visit sites of cultural and historical significance, participate in a service learning opportunity in a local community, and share their experiences with a world-wide audience via Google Hangouts that will be broadcast during the trip. The ultimate goal of the trip is to give teachers the tools they need to create student travel programs which will enable their students to be well-informed and well-traveled global citizens.