Ms. Leston comes to MWES after serving as principal at Willard Elementary School in School District U-46 in Elgin, IL. Ms. Leston has been in education for 20 years. She worked as a mathematics teacher at Canton Middle School and Kenyon Woods Middle School from 1998 to 2014. Prior to her job as principal, she was an intern in the Aspiring Administrator Program from Aug. 2015-Feb. 2015.
Leston has served as an Adjunct Mathematics teacher at Elgin Community College, helped to coordinate the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) Program and coached several sports, including basketball and volleyball, at both the middle and high school levels.
“My experience during this time has shown me that building relationships is vital to the school’s success,” Leston said. “It is important to build relationships with not only the staff and students, but the families and community as well. The biggest part of building relationships is using your listening skills.” Her immediate goal is to get to know her students and staff quickly while preparing to continue the rich success and traditions of MWES.
Being brand new to Kentucky, the Illinois native is looking forward to exploring the Bluegrass State and having many new adventures.
Mrs. Franklin comes to MWES after serving as school counselor at Cedar Grove Elementary. She first came to teach in Bullitt County in the fall of 2000 when she was hired as the music teacher at Overdale Elementary. Mrs. Franklin holds a bachelor’s degree in music education and a master’s degree in education from Morehead State University; her master’s degree in school counseling is from the University of Louisville. Mrs. Franklin is also National Board certified in early/middle childhood music.
Mrs. Franklin and her husband, Cameron, have two daughters, Addison and Harper. The Franklin family is proud to call the Mount Washington community ‘home’. Away from school Mrs. Franklin loves spending time with her family, baking, scrapbooking and biking. Mrs. Franklin and her family are members of Highview Baptist Church and enjoy activities there as well.