Training for Changing Roles
Leslie has provided facilitation, meeting planning and staff support to the Governor’s Citizens Advisory Council, the Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council, WV’s System of Care Collaborative and other state-level groups focused on systems reform. She has worked with the West Virginia Legislature, community groups and senior state officials in policy development.
Before focusing on systems-change efforts through the Governor’s office, Leslie was worked with private, non-profit agencies serving children in and at-risk of out-of-home placement and their families. Her work included training, graduate level teaching, curriculum development, behavioral interventions, parent education, foster parent certification, program management, and resource development and linkage.
Leslie has a background in education. She designed and taught for 3 years in a pilot classroom developed to expand the problem-solving and creative skills of gifted elementary students in Mt. Sterling, Kentucky. Leslie came to West Virginia and began a 6-year journey with Jackson County schools. Her focus was children with behavior disorders in grades K-12. She spent her time in the homes of families in rural West Virginia as well as in the classroom.
Leslie holds a Master of the Arts in Education from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky. She has post-secondary certifications in Behavior Disorders from West Virginia College of Graduate Studies and Mathematics Education Research from the Mathematics Consortium for Applications and Problem Solving at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Education specializing in elementary and Kindergarten from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky.