Leslie was one of eight winners of the Quarter 2 Superstar Friend Award.
Leslie was one of eight Friends from Friends of the Children's national network who was recognized by the Superstar Foundation for her incredible work with youth in our program.
Leslie joined the Friends of the Children program as a professional
mentor in August 2014. Prior to joining our team, Leslie graduated with a
Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, with a minor in Sociology,
from the University of South Florida. Following graduation, she spent
several years working within the school system as a tutor who worked
with at-risk youth at AmeriCorps, a paraprofessional with 6th-8th grade
youth in the exceptional student education (ESE) program, an elementary
school substitute teacher and a first-grade teacher.
Being a part of the school realm, surrounded by children of all ages,
socio-economic backgrounds and cultures has strengthened Leslie's
pedagogic style and culture competence. She is an advocate for
differentiated instruction, teaching the same material in different
forms to accommodate the individual learning needs of her students. The
quote, "A person's a person, no matter how small" from Dr. Seuss is
especially close to Leslie's heart because it embodies the reality that every child deserves to know how truly unique they are, no matter their challenges.
Since joining Friends of the Children, Leslie has immersed herself in
the field of encouraging each child to discover their identity,
empowering them to reach their highest potential and ultimately become
the best person they are meant to be!
Leslie has called Tampa, Fla., her home for the past ten years and loves
to discover life with her husband, Carlo, precious baby boy, Jesse, and
Congratulations, Leslie, on your amazing achievements, and we're honored
to recognize you as a Superstar Friend and your contributions to our