Teacher Spotlight: Natalie Leonhardt
Natalie Leonhardt says she became a Catholic school teacher to motivate and support teenagers and to be able to share her own faith and help them build their faith.
Each month the Teacher Spotlight highlights one of Scecina's staff members who inspire our students every day.
College: University of Dayton – B.S. in Education with a double major in Math and Adolescent to Young Adult Education
M.S. in Education with a concentration in Math and Theology
Position: Math Department Chair
Classes: Algebra I, Algebra I Honors, and Pre-Calculus
Math Department Chair
Natalie Leonhardt started teaching at Scecina six years ago through University of Dayton’s Lalanne program. This is a two-year service program in which she taught at Scecina while earning her master’s degree in education. She now serves on the Lalanne Board.
Ms. Leonhardt also is the Junior Class Moderator. Outside of school, she is involved in the Archdiocese's Indy Catholic Young Adult program through their prayer groups and intramural sports. She's also training with theology teacher Margaret Zeh Fulford to run her first marathon next fall.
Learn more about Ms. Leonhardt, in her own words:
Why did you become a teacher?
I became a teacher because I wanted to be a mentor to these teenagers. Sometimes all teenagers need this day and age is someone to notice, motivate, and support them. My goal is to do that in all aspects of their lives while teaching them math on a daily basis. I became a Catholic math teacher because I also wanted to have the ability to share my own faith with my students and help them build their own faith.
What do you like best about teaching?
I strive to build community in my classroom. I love forming relationships with my students in order to understand where they are coming from better. I truly believe it makes me a better teacher because I have to find a way to reach each of my students. If I cannot make them feel comfortable in my classroom, how are they going to learn the subject material at all?
What is it about the subject that interests you?
The logic behind all math is what interests me the most. I am a mechanical engineer’s daughter. I like to figure out how things are put together and why they work. The math makes it all come to life for me.
What do you want to convey to students?
I want students to know that I will do whatever it takes to help them understand math. I know math can be a difficult subject, but I am here for my students to understand the material better.
Do you coach, moderate or help with any Scecina sports, clubs or organizations? I coached basketball for four years. I help with Senior and Junior Retreats. I started and teach the summer Algebra I course.
(This YouTube video includes Rob Rash, the archdiocese's assistant superintendent, talking about the Lalanne program and Ms. Leonhardt, who was his son's teacher.)
Posted on Fri, April 29, 2016
by Beth Murphy