Leslie Risan

Leslie Risan

Gifted 5th - 6th Grade ELA & SS Teacher

My Why Story

Teaching is my third career. I worked in the medical field and as a mother for many years before finding my way to the teaching field. After September 11, 2001 I realized that I was not spending my days doing work that felt purposeful and important. My own children were grown, so it was time for me to find work that would bring me joy. It took me a while to realize that I missed spending my days with children, learning alongside them and loving them through their trials. I returned to school, at ASU, to get my teaching degree in September of 2002. In 2006 I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Arizona State University. I have been teaching 5th and 6th grade students in our community for the past eleven years with a recent focus on STEM education. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to teach 4th grade Gifted students at San Tan Charter School last year.