Lesha Lynne Engels ’06

My interest in pursuing a major in Family & Consumer Science Secondary certification and subsequently, a career in education began with the inspiration and impact of a high school teacher on me. Learning about psychology and human development enabled me to understand myself, who I was and who I wanted to become. When looking at options regarding what I wanted to teach, Family and Consumer Science was an easy yes. What didn’t I love about social sciences, food, and fashion? I was able to take courses in college that interested me and pertained to real life skills. Furthermore, this field of study prepared me to create a lasting impact on the lives of others.

In my senior year at SPU, I completed my student teaching internship in Seattle Public Schools and was hired by the district before graduating. I taught in Issaquah School District as well as coached women’s volleyball and basketball, advised numerous clubs including Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), and earned my Master of Business Administration degree. I loved being an active part of a high school environment, and in 2013, I was named the WA-FACSE FCCLA Teacher of the Year for Washington State.

After nearly seven years in the classroom, I felt ready for a new challenge and began specializing in curriculum. This landed me a new position in Issaquah as their Career and Technical Education (CTE) Specialist. Here I was able to test the waters in a leadership position while also earning my certification in CTE Program Administration. Now in my sixth year as an administrator as Director of CTE and Secondary STEM, I specialize in program and curriculum development, dual credit opportunities, and oversee community partnerships. I have enjoyed my career path as it challenges me to daily apply myself, while also creating opportunities and dreams of a bright future for thousands of students. I truly believe I am on the right path, living out my calling, and I am thrilled to see where this leads me next.