About The Teacher
Hello, my name is Dave Leonard.
I grew up in Minnesota and moved to Arizona in 1998 to attend Arizona State University. I graduated with a Business Finance degree in May 2002 and spent a couple of years in sales management. I soon realized my passion was teaching, which both of my parents had rewarding careers in. I went back to school at Arizona State, completed my student teaching, and Master's Degree in Elementary Education. I was hired by Kyrene in 2005.
This will mark the beginning of my 15th year of teaching in the Kyrene School District. I spent the last 14 years teaching fifth grade at Kyrene de las Lomas. In the summer, I serve as Principal for the Kyrene Summer Academy.
Math has always been my passion both as a teacher, private tutor, and a learner. I became Highly Qualified in Middle Grades Mathematics in February 2019 and was hired at Kyrene Centennial in May 2019. I am looking forward to my first year in middle school as a Math and Multimedia Teacher.
My family in Arizona consists of my wife, Faith, and my son, Grant. Faith (a former teacher) is an event planner and Grant will be a kindergartener at Kyrene de la Colina this year. My parents and my brother Mike still live back in Minnesota. In my spare time I enjoy watching sports (especially my Minnesota Vikings and Arizona State Sun Devils!), hiking and playing golf.