About Ms. Leitch


  






























































































































































  



































 





















 















   




































































































































A LITTLE BIO : 

   

    I was born in Santa Clara, CA and spent most of my earlier days in Glendale, AZ. That area provided me with memories of lightning storms, spraying my siblings with the hose in an attempt to stay cool and beating boys at the game of tennis. 

    After the fourth grade I moved to Wilsonville, OR and stayed there through my high school career. I grew fond of playing the violin and then the guitar, learning life lessons through being on a soccer and basketball team, grubbing on meals with my family and expanding my voice on the stage, through leadership positions and in the great outdoors. 

    Once becoming an "adult", I took many different educational avenues that helped guide me to the profession of teaching. The idea of offering positive options for youth began my interest in working at the high school level, and I knew that it would be a place where I personally could participate in all the things I love: writing, playing sports, connecting with folks, laughing hysterically, making art, telling stories, traveling to far off destinations and learning through experience. 

    This is my eleventh year teaching (and my third year at Wilson HS). I feel completely at home in the community and with the people. This is a supportive environment that hosts a great deal of talent. It is a pleasure to work with the students and the faculty, and I can only hope to stay here well into the future.





MY EDUCATION:


Glendale American Elementary
Glendale, Arizona


Boeckman Creek Elementary

Inza R. Wood Middle School


West Linn HS


Wilsonville HS


Clackamas Community College While in high school: Literature and Calculus


University of Oregon 

Bachelor's of Science in Psychology 


Hunter College, City University of New York While on student exchange


Portland Community College Post-baccalureate work


Portland State University Master's in Education in Curriculum and Instruction


Oregon State University 

Journalism Adviser Academy


University of Wisconsin: Madison

Hip Hop in the Heartland Institute


CalPoly Pomona

Fellowship: Journeys to Freedom


Lewis and Clark

Documentary writing workshop

Memoir Seminar


University of Portland

Equity Certification





PREVIOUS

OCCUPATIONS:



Hostess at Koji's


Cashier at Old Navy


Intern reporter for the Wilsonville Spokesman


Agricultural Booth Coordinator at the State Fair


Preschool teacher at University of Oregon Child Development Centers


Group Worker Intern at John Serbu Juvenile Detention Center


Reading teacher at Churchill Alternative High School


Guitar player for toddler parties ($75/half an hour...best pay for minimal effort)


Nanny in Manhattan


Summer Staff at Camp Magruder


AAU Basketball Coach


Student teacher at Grant High School


Dean for summer camps MADD (Music, Art, Dance and Drama) for high schoolers and STARR (Sports, Theater, Art and Rock'n'Roll) for junior highers 


Semi-pro photographer


Poet







WHY I LIKE TO

TEACH?


No other job could be this rewarding. Whether I am harassing students about comma usage, eating lunch with some basketball players or playing large group games with teenagers--there are constant teachable moments for all involved.


Quite frankly, this job makes me a better person each day because I am more aware of human interaction and growth and this enables me to be more proactive. 


It is also just plain exhilarating. Teaching allows me to talk with others about important issues while progressing toward a solution. Oh, and summers off are pretty nice too. 








FAVORITE PIECES

OF WRITING:



Just Mercy 

Bryan Stevenson


The Brothers K -

David James Duncan 


Breakfast of Champions -

Kurt Vonnegut 


Hope for the Flowers -

Trina Paulus 


"Go Carolina" -

David Sedaris 


The Kite Runner -

Khaled Hossen 


 "Top Dog, Under Dog" -

Suzan-Lori Parks


Any Michael Cirelli poem





NEWSPAPERS I

READ DAILY:


The Oregonian 


The Onion 


New York Times 


Gresham Argus, and once upon a time, the Gopher Gazette










WHAT STUDENTS

SAY ABOUT ME (TO

MY FACE):


   

After asking two students, seniors Carly Halverson and Brianne Walczak, what students should know about me before entering my class, they responded that I leave compost on my desk, I introduce students to new ways of approaching things and cool technology, I compel my students to always complete a project and make them keep working until it is their best possible product--and that I don't like tardiness...but they aren't sure why. 

I feel they assess the situation pretty well. 








LEITCH SAYINGS:



"True. True" 

"That you will." 

"Ahhhh!" 

"You're killin' me" 

"Hmmmm." 

"Do tell." 

"Interesting."









IF I WERE FORCED

TO CHOSE A

CAREER OTHER 

THAN TEACHING,

IT WOULD BE:



Hip-hop star: Already have my name picked out...SyllaB 


Photographer for National Geographic


Family counselor 


Stay at home mom + professional volunteer (well into the future of course)


Writer (poet, journalist, script writer for Colbert)


5'8" woman that could dunk