Mrs. Leonard: Welcome to 5th Grade!
       Hello 5th grade parents and students!  I am so excited to be teaching 5th grade for my twelth year at Liberty Elementary!  I am originally from Grand Haven, MichiganI grew up only 5 minutes from the beautiful Lake Michigan, where I would spend most of my summer at the beach!  I graduated from Grand Valley State University with my B.A. degree in English and Elementary Education. 
    Teaching has always been a passion of mine since I was young.  I love guiding children to explore, discuss, create, and discover the power of knowledge independently and with each other!  My goal is create a classroom community that fosters and celebrates individuality, creativity, STEM and PBL opportunities, technology, and engagement in the discovery of learning!
       Over the summer, I spent most of my time relaxing, reading, catching up on shows, and enjoying walks and snuggles with our dog, Indy, a Viszla who is almost 2 years old.  We made a trip back to Michigan and the Outer Banks to spend time with our families!
       I am ready to start another exciting school year!  I am looking forward to getting to know all of you and creating lasting memories for an unforgettable 5th grade year! 
    Here are some fun facts about me:
    - I took a volunteer trip to Costa Rica to help teach English
    - I got married in November! It was a truly magical day! 
    - I love to travel and have had the opportunity to go to some beautiful places including Japan, Germany, France, Italy.
    - I ran my first half marathon in the Rock N'Roll Marathon and Half Marathon in D.C. about 9 years ago now.  I love running 5ks throughout the year.
    -I have three brothers and a nephew.
    - In my free time, I like to read, listen to music, sing, stay active by running, dancing, doing yoga, hiking, skiing and hula hooping!
    -My favorite color is any shade of purple.
    -My favorite animals are elephants, owls, hummingbirds, and cheetahs.
    -I love coffee! 
    -I love shopping at Target, Homegoods, and TJ Maxx 
    -My favorite season in autumn! I love everything about it; the cooler weather, the colorful leaves, and fall decorations!
    I can't wait to learn more about each of you and all your favorite things!
    Mrs. Leonard
    Indy running on the beach