6th Grade Science and Health
Leigh Stumme’s favorite part of teaching is helping children overcome the “next step” – whatever it may be. For some students that next step could seem like the smallest of goals to an onlooker but as a teacher, involved in her student’s daily lives, Leigh gets to see their struggles first hand and recognizes just how important that next step is for them, be it academic or personal.
Growing up on the East end of Long Island in a small town called Sag Harbor, Leigh obtained her undergraduate degree from St. Joseph’s College and her Master’s degree from Long Island University. Seven years into her career, certified in both general and special education, Leigh has taught in inclusion, self-contained as well as in general education classrooms.
Outside the classroom Leigh enjoys bike riding, hiking with her dog and pretty much anything outside! She loves the outdoors and spends most of her free time there.
Leigh is very excited to be a part of such an amazing team at PS8, her first teaching role in middle school, and she looks forward to learning from her students every day as much as helping them overcome their next steps. “The most important role I can ever play in a child’s life is to be their mentor when they need guidance and their advocate and voice when they need help.”