Mrs. Michelle Leonard

Professional Biography

After fulfilling my student teaching practicum at William E. Norris Elementary School in Southampton, Massachusetts, and completing my undergraduate degree at Westfield State College, I took my first permanent teaching position as a third-grade teacher at the Norris School.  I spent three and a half years teaching there until the birth of my second child brought me home to be a full-time mom.  As my children got older, and my daughter reached fourth grade, I decided to homeschool both of my children.  Along with homeschooling, I continued to pursue my master’s degree in elementary education, and I graduated from Westfield State College once again.   After a year and a half of homeschooling, God clearly was pointing me in a new direction.  A wonderful opportunity opened up at Community Christian School.  Their third-grade teacher was leaving mid-year, and they were looking for both a kindergarten teacher and a third-grade teacher.  I put my application into the school and was hired to replace the third-grade teacher.  I felt like CCS was a perfect blend of a school setting and the ability to preserve the parts of homeschooling that I loved.   It has been an incredible journey over the past eight years teaching both third grade and most recently fifth grade.   I do not consider the school just the place that I work, but I also consider it an extended family.

Personal Biography

My husband, Dan and I live in a small town nestled in the hill towns.  We have three amazing children, two of which attend Community Christian School and one that will be attending Gordon College in the fall.   As a family, we enjoy biking, canoeing, fishing, hiking, and traveling to our annual summer vacation spot in Maine.  Many of our evenings are filled with baseball games or tennis matches.  I love to do anything that involves spending time with my precious family!

Our family is also passionate about orphan care.  What began many years ago as what seemed like a whisper from God, became a loud call on our lives to minister to those who have been orphaned.   Verses that had never before sprung off the paper or tugged at my heart, the Holy Spirit began to use to open my eyes to the needs of the fatherless.  Verses like this one from Isaiah 1:17, “Learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow.”   On June 13, 2014, we adopted our youngest son.  Words cannot express how incredibly blessed we have been through the addition of our precious son to the family.   Our involvement in “defending the cause of the fatherless” has been written on the hearts of each of the members of our family.

Educational Philosophy

As an elementary teacher, I seek to equip my students to think deeply, problem solve, and gain skills that will translate into life-long learning.   Whenever possible, I strive to bring the concepts alive by creating hands-on learning opportunities and applying them to real life.   It is my desire that my students come away from my classroom with a love of learning and most importantly a love for the Lord and His incredible creation.

Romans 8:37-39In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

James 1:27:  “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”