Family Child Care Owner
Organization: Leigh's House
After attending San Francisco State University, Leigh began a career in health care management but found herself inspired by the teachers of young children that she knew. Eventually, she decided to change direction and follow her desire to work with children. Although she has experience working with all ages, she found herself especially drawn to working in groups of young children, which lead her to begin her career in Early Childhood Education.
Finally, in 2005 she realized her dream of having her own school after the birth of her daughter. Her favorite thing about what she does is developing relationships with the children that she teaches and their families. She believes that small class size and the development of a strong community allow her and her team to really know each child as an individual and to provide a solid and supportive foundation in the early years. She has a saying that “Once a Leigh’s House kid, always a Leigh’s House kid,” and this is proven by the number of children and their families that return to visit or help in the classroom after graduation. Leigh has also spent the last 2.5 years mentoring other in-home child care providers, and helping them build high-quality early learning programs and businesses.