Work Life Balance with @lesliefarooq
Sunday, March 20th at 8pm Central
Leslie Farooq is a high school life sciences teacher who enjoys trying new approaches in the classroom setting. Leslie’s areas of focus and strength include ecological systems, scientific research, pedagogy, lesson design, blended learning, meaningful technology integration, and servant leadership. Leslie has recently attended several professional development opportunities focused on the exploration of spaces that promote innovative teaching and learning (via Learning Walks in the San Francisco Bay area), design thinking (with expert David Jakes and at the National Association of Independent Schools 2016 Annual Conference), and teacher development and coaching (with Pat Handly of the Principal Training Center).
Currently, Leslie serves as a Biology 12 and AP Biology teacher and Science department head at an international school in the city of Monterrey, Mexico where she has worked for nearly nine years. Leslie will be transitioning to the role of a Math and Science Instructional Coach for the 2016-17 school year. Leslie’s first career experiences involved botanical field investigations and municipal project management at an environmental consulting firm in King City, Ontario, Canada. Leslie undertook a masters at the University of Western Ontario where she published part of her thesis work is published in the Canadian Journal of Plant Science. Leslie revels in teaching approaches that compel her learners to pursue knowledge for its own sake.
Leslie became a connected educator at the beginning of January 2015 and has never looked back. From learning about and reading inspirational books (e.g., Daniel Pink’s Drive), to attempting novel classroom approaches (e.g., Genius Hour), to breaking down the walls of the classroom by connecting with a California Academy of Sciences expert via Google Hangout (thanks, Meg Lowman!), Leslie understands the synergy these connections make possible. Leslie blogs as a means to both inform and reflect, and you can read more at lesliefarooq.wordpress.com. Late last year, Leslie wondered if chat moderation was fun, so she decided to try it via a chat she founded, #LLLchat (Lifelong Learning Chat). You can connect with Leslie on Twitter @lesliefarooq and via @LLLchat/#LLLchat, which is currently on hiatus while she decides which should be her next steps. Leslie doesn’t wait for the future to happen, she actively builds it!