Leslie Husted is a Spanish teacher at Kinard Core Knowledge Middle School. She is also the staff sponsor for Fellowship of Christian Teens/Athletes (FCT/FCA). Leslie will also be teaching two Spanish classes at Preston Middle School this year. She has been a Mustang for nine years, but has been an educator for 14 years. Before coming to Kinard, Leslie’s professional experience started in West Union, Iowa. She continued on to teach at West Des Moines Dowling High School and later Thompson Valley High School.
Leslie received her BA degree in Spanish from Iowa State University. She has also earned her Master’s degree from University of Northern Iowa in Spanish Literature. Leslie studied three summers in Spain, living with local families each time. This overseas experience truly deepened her love of the language and culture.
Outside of school, Leslie enjoys spending time with her family. She has been married to her incredible husband, Bob, for 22 years. They have three amazing children: Emily, a junior at Grand Canyon University. Kate a freshman at Grand Canyon University, and Cole an 8th grader at Kinard!
When Leslie is not teaching, she loves to take walks, read, cook and shop. Some of her favorite things to do are: travel with her family, paddle board at the lake, play cards, and have “family pizza and movie night”.
Leslie wanted to be a teacher because she loves to encourage others. She strives to motivate her students and build their confidence in learning a new language. Fun fact: Her mom was her Spanish teacher in high school and that may have had a little to do with her decision to become a teacher.
My goal is to have high student engagement, focus and participation while learning a new language. In the early stages of second language learning, they will be listening a lot, taking it all in, and processing what they are hearing. The speaking will come slowly, but they will get it!