Meet the Teachers

Room 206 is covered by Mrs. Linnea Miller (4 days) and Mrs. Leyla Leatherwood (1 day). We are both teachers in Room 206 at EBS.

Mrs. Miller’s Professional Life

Mt. Whitney 2009
Mt. Whitney 2009

This year marks my 20th year of teaching! I graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University and started teaching shortly after graduating.  While teaching my first few years I got my MA in Curriculum and Instruction from San Diego State University.

  • I began my career teaching Kindergarten and about 7 years later changed to Second Grade.
  • After and handful of years in Second Grade I taught a year in Third Grade.
  • The following year, I got a new position working at my last school as an Intervention Specialist and eventually became a Project Resource Teacher to Facilitate teacher learning in Kindergarten, Second Grade and Fourth Grade.
  • I worked for 5 years at Dingeman Elementary in Scripps Ranch, another 4 years at Torrey Pines Elementary in La Jolla and then spent 7 years opening and working at Joyner Micro Society Magnet Elementary in City Heights.
  • Last year I finished my fourth year at EBS in a TK Class.

During my time at Joyner, I received National Board Certification in which I learned more than I could have ever imagined. I am currently back in school learning and earning my Administrative Credential at PLNU. I have had a range of experiences and loved all of it! I have a great appeal for the challenge of learning and growing each day!

If you need to personally reach me, feel free to contact me at lcaldera@sandi.net

Mrs. Miller’s Personal Life

I am a mother of 2 crazy and silly children that I couldn’t be more proud of. I have an almost 8 year old daughter and a 5 year old son who is elated to finally be an EBS Penguin this year! These are my people! They add a joy to life that is inexplainable. They keep my husband and I laughing, but and mostly on our toes!

I am fortunate to be married to a wonderful and talented man (he’s a web designer . . . and helped me create this site) who continues to make me a better person, parent and friend while bringing heaps of laughter and spontaneity to our life. We are all very involved in our local church and love spending time with our community.

In the little extra slices of time (the before sunrise rises time) I squeeze in another passion of mine…running! I love to run and seek the thrill of an endurance race! I’ve been running since I was 12 years old and have a unique trust and friendship with this sport! I feel truly blessed to live this life as a teacher, mother, runner, wife and friend!

This year will be your child’s first year in elementary school and I’m elated be a part of it! This is a very special year and will hold many memories for all of us! I’m looking forward to meeting each of you and being a part of this inaugural year in your child’s education!

Mrs. Leatherwood’s Professional Life

Hello!  My name is Leyla Leatherwood and I am thrilled to be teaching alongside Mrs. Miller this year in Room 206.  I will be your child’s TK teacher approximately one day a week.  I received my undergraduate degree from Brown University and went on to work in Corporate Event Planning before starting a family.  After a few years at home with my children I went back to school and received my Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from National University.  I have taught various grade levels, but the past couple of years I have spent the majority of my time in TK and Kindergarten. 

Mrs. Leatherwood’s Personal Life

Growing up in Santa Barbara, I was the daughter of a 5th grade teacher and a musician.  One of our core values was that a well-rounded education provides the brightest opportunities. In fact, everyone in my family has gone on to work in education in one way or another.  I have been married to my husband, John since 2003.  John works for the Los Angeles Chargers football team and just began his daily commute to Costa Mesa in June.  We refuse to leave this amazing community, so we are making it work however we can!  John and I have two children.  My son Jax spent six years at EBS before heading to Marshall Middle School and is now a 8th grader.  My daughter, Bryce is currently in 5th grade at EBS.  Before teaching here at EBS I was a volunteer parent and member of the EBS AFP Board.  Most of my “free” time is spent watching my sporty kids enjoy all of their athletic endeavors.

I believe a strong teacher-student relationship is just as important as a parent-teacher relationship.  Together I know we can make your student’s Transitional Kindergarten year a very fulfilling one. Please feel free to contact me anytime at: lleatherwood@sandi.net.

3 thoughts on “Meet the Teachers

  1. HI Mrs. Miller,

    Thank you for sharing this information with us. You have a beautiful (and silly) family. =)
    I look forward to meeting you!

    Cathy Sin (Dylan Sin)

  2. Hi Mrs. Miller,

    Thank you for sharing your stories. Your family looks amazing :)We are so fortunate to have you as Caleb’s 1st teacher in BIG KIDS’ SCHOOL!! We are also PLNU alumni!! My husband did his undergrad in biochem there and I was in MS program in BIO there 🙂 I was so happy to see that you studied there too!! Have an amazing year with little ones and Caleb enjoys your class so far 😉

  3. Thank you for this wonderful website! You are well known by other parents. They are very impressed with your blog and website. You are a great teacher and my son Ethan absolutely adore you. You are a great influence in his life and I hope you are enjoying your time with Ethan too.

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