Mr. Leis
 
Educational Background:
Masters in Education/Elementary Education: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Masters in Library Media Science: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Bachelor of Science in Secondary Social Studies and History:  Winona State University
Reading Specialist Certification: Viterbo University
Driver Education Certification: University of Wisconsin-Stout
Online Educator Certification

Educational Experience:
The 2016-2017 school year marks my 29th year as an educator.  My first three years as an educator were in a Catholic school and three years ago, more than twenty years later, I returned.  I have taught at the elementary, middle, high and post-secondary levels.  There is something to appreciate and enjoy about every learner of any age, but I have grown increasingly fond of the third grader.  Can you remember when you were 8 or 9 years old?  It is a truly delightful age!

Family:
My wife Cindy is a registered nurse and works for Gundersen Health Systems in La Crosse.  We enjoy carpooling together each day.  We have three adult daughters.  Sister Teresa Maria F.S.G.M. (Erin) is an Education major and Theology minor at Franciscan University in Steubenville, OH.  She will graduate in May of 2017.  She entered the convent in 2010.  Kateri teaches at Blessed Sacrament Elementary School in Madison.  She and her husband (Brad) married in August 2015.  Clare graduated from Loras College in Dubuque, May of 2016.  She is employed by Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Seven Rivers Region in La Crosse.  Her husband Nathan is a St. Patrick Elementary alumni!

Free Time:
I enjoy my career as a teacher, but also enjoy volunteering in our local parish and La Crosse community.  On weekends during the winter I volunteer at the Catholic Charities Warming Center in La Crosse.  During the week I tutor adults with literacy needs, through the Coulee Region Literacy Council.  I enjoy reading, landscaping and distance running during the summer months.  I am currently training for my 20th marathon.  Though my wife is not a runner, she does share my enjoyment of snowshoeing.  Cindy and I also plan to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary the summer of 2018 by hiking the Camino de Santiago (the Way of St. James).  This means we will be spending about a month walking across northern Spain!

Favorite Quote:
"When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind."
--R.J. Palacio, Wonder