- Antioch University of New England, M.S. in Environmental Education
- Western Carolina University, B.S. in Parks & Recreation Management, Outdoor Leadership & Instruction
As a native of North Carolina, Leigh attended summer camp in various parts of the state where she quickly discovered her passion for the outdoors. After earning her B.S., Leigh spent time in Washington state where she shared her love and knowledge of the natural environment with young people through leadership roles at different summer camps. Beyond her environmental education background, Leigh is also a skilled swim instructor and enjoyed teaching swim lessons as a lifeguard when camp wasn’t in session.
Shortly after wrapping up her last camp season in Washington, Leigh set out to expand her knowledge in the field by earning her Master’s Degree in Environmental Education. Upon graduation, she worked with the Student Conservation Association (SCA) Massachusetts AmeriCorps program where she led the implementation of environmental education programs in local schools. During her time with the corps, she also assisted with trail building and maintenance while living in that community setting.
More recently, Leigh returned to her camp roots as the Outdoor Adventures Manager for the Girl Scouts of Southeast Virginia. She not only increased the frequency of event offerings but also added unique high outdoor adventure programs, including axe throwing and high rope course challenges. These helped encourage every member to step out their comfort zone and try new things! Leigh also led overnight and day camp for members while ensuring the best experience possible for each and every camper!
Leigh is thrilled to join the Academy at Soar community and is excited to contribute to the growth and well-being of the students and the instructors.