I love new crayons~ sharp tips, a multitude of colors cleverly named and neatly wrapped, the smell of fresh wax waiting to create a masterpiece...
My students are that new box of crayons each year~ sharply dressed, a multitude of personalities--each one unique, fresh, beautiful, and eager.
I look forward this year to experiencing the colors each student has inside and to seeing how we will decorate the lives of each other and all those around us. I wait excitedly to watch another year of growth in the life of each precious child unfold before my eyes as we discover and learn new and wonderful colors to add to the palette that will create each of our masterpieces.
Leah Vela 2018-2019
Since my father was in the US Air Force, I was born in Germany and lived in different places throughout my younger years. After graduating from Clovis High School in New Mexico, I attended The University of Texas at Austin then got my first teaching job in San Antonio, Texas. I taught in Northside ISD for 17 years before moving to the Dallas area in 2008 with my husband and children.
I have a loving, wonderful husband, Charles, and three beautiful children. My son Jesse is a senior; my daughter Charis is a sophomore, and my "baby" daughter Solenne turned 5 in April. With one about to graduate and one just starting Kindergarten, my year is going to be full of bittersweet moments.
I enjoy writing poetry and short stories, cooking, reading, and gardening in my "spare" time, but most of all, I love being a mom, being with children, and teaching.
Bachelor of Science in Applied Learning and Development with a minor in English from the University of Texas at Austin
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