Hometown: Ulster Park, NY
Education: Biology and Minor in Educational Studies, Vassar College
Raised by a politically active family in upstate New York, Leela now lives in the Bronx. Her passion for education stems from a desire to combat racism in the education system by teaching students to challenge dominant narratives and by holding high expectations for all of her students. Prior to Blue Engine, Leela worked as an after school tutor at Poughkeepsie Middle School, spent a summer as an environmental education camp counselor, and interned at a bilingual school in Costa Rica. As an NSF Noyce Teaching Fellow, Leela plans to be a teacher long-term and is excited to continue learning as a Blue Engine TC this year.