Emalyn Leppard


Linda Vista Food Day
Greetings and thank you for stopping by.
 
Let me begin by telling you a little bit about myself.  I have been at Montgomery since 1997 and have held many different positions. At first, I was the Director  of the Linda Vista Leaders program, where I helped Montgomery students develop their potential as leaders in their community. I have taught photography, published the Yearbook, and am currently the coordinator of the school/community garden. I was recently chosen by peers as the 2010 San Diego Unified Middle School Teacher of the Year!
 
 I am originally from Los Angeles CA, but have lived in San Diego for over 25 years.  I knew early on that I wanted to be a teacher, but it was hard to figure out just what subject, because I was interested in so many things.  I got my AA degree from San Diego City College and was an event planner for many years.  Then, I earned my BA from USD, and began working at Montgomery.  That's when I really got interested in how students could help their community be being active participants in what is going on.  The Linda Vista Leaders taught me that even very young people coud make a difference in City Government, by speaking out for what is right. That is how the Linda Vista Teen Center got built, because the community listened to the needs of young people.
 
Today I am involved in many projects, but my favorite is the School Garden.  I believe that students should learn about where their food comes from and that they have choices in deciding to live a healthy lifestyle.
 
Even though I teach Math and am a Special Educator, I use our school garden to help bring learning alive. 
 
I invite all of you to come visit us as we develop our outdoor education center check us out!