Hey there. I'm Leslie, and I teach the class that everyone and their mother hates: Public Speaking. I've been teaching this class since 2005 and I LOVE it.
Hold on a second. Before you close out your browser window because you assume I'm crazy, let me clarify: I don't love public speaking, I love helping others face the challenge of public speaking with poise and confidence. This is a semester-long process which involves many steps. Some of those steps include:
At the end of the day, I'm just a Central Valley farm kid from Reedley. I completed my lower-division requirements at Reedley College, and I still kick myself for not taking the two PE classes I needed to earn my AA. Then I transfered to Fresno State where I earned my BA and MA in Communication. I worked full-time through school, so I got really good at time management early on.
I never had a clear goal for my education, but I knew two things: I loved to learn, and I wanted a job where money wasn't as tight as it was when I was growing up. Teaching at the college level wasn't even on my radar, but I accepted a teaching associateship at Fresno State in 2005 and knew almost instantly that it was the right fit. Teaching college students is the first job I have ever had where I felt continually motivated and inspired and challenged. I LOVE my job, and I am honored to teach at Modesto Junior College.