Hello! My Name is Leslie Patana and I will be teaching in one of the Primary classrooms here at Juniper. I am so excited about the opportunities that this school has to offer! My family has been in the Southwest area for over 16 years. As a family we enjoy, traveling, camping, boating, skiing, and hiking. We are truly blessed to have such a beautiful place to live. I have been teaching for over 20 years! I have a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. My teaching experience includes; Elementary School Teacher, Reading Intervention Specialist Religious Education in my church, Preschool Teacher and a Substitute Teacher. Teaching is about understanding that each student is an individual and they all learn differently. As a teacher, I take pride in nurturing and guiding my students to develop a love for learning that they will carry with them forever. I believe in a safe and fun learning environment. I enjoy learning about new topics and stay current on issues in the classroom by taking continuing education courses.