Leah Kessler, Assistant Principal at Oak Knoll Elementary School
Leah Kessler is the Assistant Principal at Oak Knoll School. She received her BA in Psychology at Stanford University. From a young age, Leah had enjoyed working with children, but it was in college, through her coursework and service in the surrounding community, that she became dedicated to pursuing education as a career to inspire the same love of learning that her own teachers had instilled in her and to promote equitable opportunities for all children. Leah went on to receive her Masters in Education and teaching credential through the STEP program at the Stanford Graduate School of Education. Upon graduating, Leah began her teaching career in 3rd and 4th grade at Encinal School. As a teacher in MPCSD, Leah was fortunate to have a wealth of professional development, as well as opportunities for collaboration and leadership among her colleagues. As a teacher, Leah took on leadership roles in Lesson Study around Mathematics with the Silicon Valley Math Initiative, implementation of Design Thinking at both the classroom and district level, and participation in the school leadership team. In 2014, Leah transitioned to her current position at Oak Knoll, and simultaneously returned to her graduate studies to receive her Masters in Educational Administration from SFSU. As a site leader, Leah is passionate about supporting teachers and their ongoing growth to meet every child's needs, and to support the entire staff in accomplishing the vision of Every student an exemplary scholar, a valued friend, a courageous citizen.