Six years ago, I was feeling lost. Our family had moved for my husband’s career and I had landed a dream job teaching at a private school. I spent my days showing children how to love learning. We played, we explored, we sang, we recited, we created and I loved it! Then, without much warning, the school closed its doors and I was left with a gaping hole in my life that I wasn’t sure how to fill. I knew I didn’t want to go back to public school teaching. I knew I should continue spending as much time with my children as possible, but I also knew I needed to help support our family with some income.
It was with all of these thoughts on my mind that I attended a weekend conference. I went by myself so I would have plenty of time to think and try to feel inspired. I was sitting alone, when I saw an old college friend pass by. I immediately had the thought, “Follow her.” It took a little convincing for me to actually do it, because I’m not usually the stalker type, but I’m so glad I did. Chatting in an elevator we were able to renew our old friendship and as she asked me about how my life was going she saw something I was blind to. She said, “Why don’t you start a school?” In that moment, an excited seed of mission was planted.
Three months later, in September 2010, Leadership Education Academy held its first classes. Again I spend my days showing children how to love learning. Although LEA’s classes are all held weekly online, the students and mentors still play, explore, sing, recite, and create. And we love it!