As an undergraduate, Lecia attended Texas A&M University, and completed her fifth year of study in education at the University of Washington. Lecia has also earned a master's of science degree in literacy from Walden University. Her 22 years of teaching experience includes teaching grades 4, 3, 1-4, and 6-8 in Washington state. She then moved to Alaska where she taught grades K-2 in Takotna and grades 3-6 in Shageluk. Her most recent teaching experience was at Akiachak School serving as a 6th grade literacy instructor, reading specialist, literacy immersion coordinator, and literacy coach. In addition to her work in the area of literacy instruction, Lecia has also taught music and directed musical theater productions.
"I love that my teaching has brought about the light in students' eyes and the excitement of 'I got it!' and 'I can do this!' I also really enjoy learning new methods and strategies to utilize best practices in teaching. As a mentor, I am looking forward to helping teachers provide expert instruction so their students can be successful and proficient. This project is an integral part of our state education program to help teachers move forward in their practice to benefit our kids. I'm proud to be part of this awesome group of mentors."