Betsy Leach taught in K-12 public schools for ten years teaching Spanish for Heritage Speakers and Spanish as a world language earning the 2017 UNC Language Teacher of the Year Award. She believes education should be a practice of liberation and empowerment. She specializes in multicultural education and culturally responsive teaching as well as community engagement strategies and inclusivity. Throughout her career she has founded a Latin@ Student Union, a Spanish-speaking Parent Coalition, a Seal of Biliteracy program, and a Heritage Spanish program. She is also an education consultant around diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Betsy finds fulfillment in helping students connect with their strengths and building authentic relationships. She believes excellent teaching is grounded in self awareness and attunement with one's students and contemplative practices are essential to those abilities. She lives in Boulder with her partner and his daughter. She enjoys being in nature, playing soccer, and practicing yoga.