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Kristin Leach

Jan 08, 2018 02:40PM ● Published by Caley Breese

Photo by Tony Lewis, Jr.

Saint Andrew’s Day School, Edgewater

Years Teaching Overall: 34

Years Teaching at Saint Andrew’s:

Currently teaching
: 5th and 6th grade Language Arts

Proudest teaching moment:
“Teaching offers the most awe-inspiring incidents in life, a kaleidoscope of students and learning: the never-ending opportunity to touch young people; to be a part of their hope, accomplishment, success, future; to learn with them and from them. If one student says, “I remember once my LA teaching said…” or opens a book because of my class, I am proud.”

Teaching Philosophy:
“Create students, not young people who regurgitate facts, by setting the bar high enough for challenge; provide the skills and knowledge to get over it successfully…whatever it takes.”

Toughest challenge facing educators:
“Our biggest challenge is not to get lost in technology; to keep the excitement, the wonder, the joy in learning; to experience the thrill of the face-to-face exchange of ideas; to know the comfortable enjoyment of an open book, the feel of paper, pencils, crayons; to keep it personal, eye-to-eye, hand-to-hand, voice-to-voice.”

"Kris Leach is the kind of person who makes all those around her better. It’s not uncommon to walk into one of Kris’s 5th grade Language Arts classes and find her quietly moving about the room, carefully observing her students as they work diligently on one of the masterful lessons that she has prepared. Her teaching is creative, engaging, and focused in a way that leads students to deep and lasting understandings. She is a highly-skilled practitioner. It is also not uncommon to observe Kris speaking quietly in the hallway to a young person who needs redirection. Her clear, patient, loving, and firm guidance encourages her students to seek and find the best in themselves. She is a teacher who truly understands children. Those of us who are lucky to work with Kris benefit from the wise, thoughtful support that she regularly provides. Grounded in years of experience serving in schools as a teacher and administrator, Kris’ advice is unfailingly honest and insightful. To parents, Kris is a calm, supportive presence who quickly demonstrates her desire to establish productive partnerships between home and school. Saint Andrew’s is a much better school because of Kris Leach.” —Mark Wagner, Head of School

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