Debbie Leidlein
29 Little Brook Lane
Newtown, CT 06470
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Debbie Leidlein

Office:Board of Education


In the four years that I have lived in Newtown I have worked to improve the Newtown education system while being fiscally responsible. I have looked for creative ways to fund education as a PTA officer and as the founder of the Newtown Education Foundation. As a member of the Board of Education I will continue to listen to the community, members of other boards and my fellow Board members to maintain and improve the Newtown Schools to be a place where all children can and will learn well.

My Vision:
  • To plan and prioritize projects to save money while maintaining our schools
  • Improve communication between town leaders, parents, teachers, administrators and the community
  • Work to align board policies to improve student achievement in identified areas of weakness.
  • Support the continuation of the work begun by the Strategic Planning Committee and subcommittees.
  • Founder and President, Newtown Education Foundation
  • Newtown Middle School PTA President
  • Member, Strategic Planning Subcommittee - Personal Success Plan
  • Middle School History Teacher, 11 Years
  • Former President, Woman Involved in Newtown
  • Fundraising Chair, Newtown Youth Football and Cheer
  • Married, husband Brian, and 3 children, Emily, Jimmy and Lexy
  • August 2002 to present, The Unquowa School Fairfield, CT, Social Studies Department Chair, Middle School Teacher And High School Placement Coordinator
  • August 1998 to June 2002, St. Margaret School, Waterbury, CT, Social Studies Coordinator And Middle School Teacher
  • B.S. in General Studies, Teacher Certification Program, Liberty University, School of Education
  • 2008 CTCEF Education Foundation Seminar, Cromwell
  • 2007 CAIS Summer Institute: Learning, The Brain & Applications, Avon Old Farms School
  • 2006 NAIS, Boston
  • 2005 Symposium of Excellence in Teaching (Pine Point School, April 2005)
  • 2001 Staff Development for Educators: Middle School Conference (Summer 2001)
  • 2002 Virginia Birdsall Award: Awarded for professional development travel to China with author Ji-Li Jiang