Leda Lester - 6th Grade Literature & Writing, MS Math, Math Department Chair
Hi there! My name is Leda Lester and I’m proud to be a member of The Rhoades School faculty. I grew up in San Diego North County, specifically in Encinitas (when flower fields lined El Camino Real) and in Elfin Forest (when it truly was the boonies). As a local girl, I decided to attend college relatively close to home. I graduated from UCLA with my B.A. in Economics and then Claremont Graduate University with my M.A. in Education. After teaching in public school, Monrovia, CA for a couple of years, I married and moved to Mexico City. My husband and I moved back to San Diego County about a year later and I began working at Rhoades. We have three children who are all in their early years of adulthood. Hanging out with family, food, and travel are among the top ten things I love. My selfish guilty pleasures include quiet alone time and gardening.
In my twenty plus years at Rhoades, I have lived in several classrooms – 4th grade, 5th grade, Middle School, and Math Lab. Yes, Math Lab was once a class. Mathematics is a passion of mine as I come from a family of teachers and engineers. There is something quite satisfying about witnessing a student experience a mathematical a-ha moment! This year, my classes include Pre-Algebra and Algebra 1, and I’m also the Math Department Chairperson. In addition, I teach 6th Grade Literature and Writing, the perfect balance to my math-y side, and honestly I cannot say that I prefer teaching one subject over the other. Facilitating an elective class, Genius Hour, where students have the opportunity to sink into any passion project of their choosing, completes my schedule.
My primary goals as a Rhoades teacher are to provide a supportive learning environment filled with academic rigor and purpose and to cultivate within my students a heightened sense of personal and shared responsibility. Rhoades students are unmatched in their passion, curiosity, and fortitude, making my job equally fulfilling and fun.