Professionals at CHS are committed to helping children with hearing loss reach their full potential by teaching them to listen, speak and read. In today's Staff Spotlight, we're hearing from our Educational Liaison, Leigh Leslie.
What is your official job title?
Describe your role at CHS.
I provide educational support services to students, parents, educators, daycare providers, and other professionals in a variety of ways. My services include, but are not limited to:
- Conducting student assessments and observations in mainstream classroom settings to help determine how to increase auditory access for students with hearing loss.
- Providing information to parents about the special education process, including information about student/parent rights under federal and state laws.
- Assisting families in obtaining critical services for their child.
- Conducting trainings for educators and other professionals on the educational implications of hearing loss and information about relevant technologies (e.g., hearing aids/cochlear implants/fm systems, etc...)
- Providing on-going support to educators and caregivers.
I also support the Cochlear Implant Team by obtaining information from educators and early intervention specialists on the progress that potential cochlear implant candidates are making in school and in private therapies.
How long have you worked at CHS?
I started working at CHS in 2015 and I am now starting my third year!
Where are you from?
This has always been a difficult question for me to answer since I grew up in an Air Force family. I was born in Cape Cod, Massachusetts but I only lived there for 2 years. As a child I lived in Ohio, Arkansas, Virginia, Washington D.C., Mississippi, Alabama, New York, Texas (Abilene, Austin, Dallas, and San Antonio) and Tripoli, Libya. As a kid, the longest stint was in Tripoli at 3 and half years.
My husband, David, and I moved back to Houston after spending 18 years in Oregon - the longest time I spent living in one place and which is where our three sons currently reside.
So, when pressed, my final answer is: I’m from Texas (Go Longhorns!) and Oregon (Go Ducks!)
What is your favorite thing to do in Houston?
It’s a tie between biking around the city and going for walks at the Arboretum.
What is your favorite restaurant in Houston?
Now that is not a fair question! I live in the Montrose area and within a 1 mile radius I can think of several restaurants that are great: Pho Saigon, Indika, Uchi, Osaka, and Chuchara, to name a few. I am still in the discovery phase, so ask me in a year!
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
I have always wanted to go back to Tripoli, Libya as an adult, but given the political situation, that is not likely. My second choice would be Vietnam to participate in advocacy efforts to help children and families negatively impacted by the effects of Agent Orange, a defoliant that was used during the Vietnam War.
If you won the lottery tomorrow, what would be the first thing you would buy?
Expert Legal Advice!
What three words describe you?
Determined, Compassionate, Energetic
What job would you want to have if you weren’t doing this?
What is the best book you have ever read?
Another unfair question! The best books I read this past year were: When Women Were Birds by Terry Tempest Williams, Becoming Animal by David Abram and Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer.
I’m happiest when:
Hiking in the wilderness, walking on the beach, or making art.
To learn more about Educational Support services, click here.