Julie Leston is bringing her skill set in mathematics as the new Mt. Washington Elementary School Principal following the retirement of Terri Lewis.
“I was extremely honored to be hired as the next MWES principal,” she said.
Leston has been in education 20 years, the past 3½ as Willard Elementary School Principal in School District U-46 in Elgin, IL.
According to the website, School District U-46 serves more than 39,000 children in grades preK-12 in 11 communities, including Bartlett, Elgin, Hanover Park, South Elgin, Streamwood and Wayne and portions of Carol Stream, Hoffman Estates, St. Charles, Schaumburg and West Chicago. The District ranks as the second largest in Illinois with 40 elementary schools, eight middle schools, and five high schools.
Leston worked as a mathematics teacher at Canton Middle School and Kenyon Woods Middle School from 1998 to 2014. Prior to her job as principal, she was an intern in the Aspiring Administrator Program from Aug. 2015-Feb. 2015.
Leston has served as an Adjunct Mathematics teacher at Elgin Community College, helped to coordinate the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) Program and coached several sports, including basketball and volleyball, at both the middle and high school levels.
“My experience during this time has shown me that building relationships is vital to the school’s success,” Leston said. “It is important to build relationships with not only the staff and students, but the families and community as well. The biggest part of building relationships is using your listening skills.”
Her immediate goal is to get to know her students and staff quickly while preparing to continue the rich success and traditions of MWES.
Leston earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics/Education in 1997 from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb followed by a Masters of Arts degree in Educational Leadership in 2003 from Aurora University. She completed a Master’s of Science degree in Mathematics from Aurora University in 2009.
She feels the greatest challenge facing education today is keeping up with the ever growing world of technology.
“Our students will have jobs that do not even exist right now. How will we as a district and community prepare them?” she asked.
Being brand new to Kentucky, the Illinois native is looking forward to exploring the Bluegrass State and having many new adventures.