A Little About Me:

My name is Leslie Danner, and I am so excited to be joining Kansas City International Academy as the K-5 School Counselor! I am originally from the Kansas City area, and attended Graceland University on a soccer scholarship. Nestled in a very small town, my teammates became family members, and our field was our home away from home. I loved having that close, supportive relationship with such a large group, each bringing individual talents, yet working collaboratively toward the same goal.

When I wasn't playing soccer, I worked on my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology with minors in Art and Spanish. After that, I received my Masters of Science Degree in Art Therapy Counseling from Emporia State University and worked for several years as an art therapist. Since that time, I briefly lived in Costa Rica, only to return to Kansas City to get my Masters of Science Degree in School Counseling. My program allowed me to work and observe in many districts in the area. I am thrilled that my journey has led me to KCIA and am looking forward to getting to know all the wonderful students and staff here!

In my free time, I enjoy being outside, playing sports, biking, hiking, exploring, and traveling. I love doing art, playing my ukelele, and spending as much time with my family and friends as I can. I try to laugh everyday, think positively, work hard, and have fun doing so!

What is a school counselor?

As a school counselor, I am here to help students! I teach lessons in each class throughout the school year that focus on healthy social and emotional development, and lifelong skills that will help them in and outside of the classroom. For example, we might discuss study skills, how to express our feelings in a healthy way, or practice our social skills with each other.

When I'm not in a classroom, I meet with students individually and in small groups. Sometimes we have big feelings, and it helps to have someone to talk to about those feelings, or simply to have a space to process our thoughts.