Leslie Marie Grace
Leslie Marie Grace has been teaching art since 2004. She began her career in Atlanta teaching art at a Magnet Arts high school. Two years later, her path lead her to Philadelphia, where she spent a number of years teaching middle school art at a local private school, until pursuing her Masters Degree. In 2013, Miss Grace began teaching art with the School District of Philadelphia, and discovered a passion for teaching inner city youth. Currently she teaches art at Nebinger Elementary, a K-8 school in South Philadelphia, where she developed an art program from scratch.
Miss Grace takes an active role with the school and community and works effortlessly to display student art, sponsor art club, advocate, fundraise, and help her students see the world beyond their classrooms. Additional to her roles within her school and community, Miss Grace is the leader of the Philadelphia Art Teachers Alliance. PATA is a group designed on supporting and retaining Philadelphia area art teachers, championing student art experiences, and providing connections to cultural institutions throughout the city. She has presented at multiple PAEA conferences, and currently serves as the PAEA Region 12 coordinator and is the rising PAEA president elect.
For her roles in the Philadelphia Education community and in her school, a few of Miss Grace's accolades include being recognized by BillyPenn.com as a leader under 40 in the field of education in 2015, and received the PAEA 2016 Outstanding Elementary Art Educator of the Year award.