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Staff Spotlight: Leanne Wright-Gray
Staff Spotlight: Leanne Wright-Gray

Hometown: I grew up in London, Ontario, Canada but have lived overseas since 1992. Cayman has been my home since 1997.

Years in Education: Eighteen

What or who inspired you to get into education?

My father was the kind of high school English teacher who knew all the best bits of poetry and most of Shakespeare by heart. When I was small, he sometimes took me to his school when mine was closed for PD days and I would spend the day watching him teach. He was absolute magic in front of a class. I also liked the books and the camaraderie of the teachers, who all seemed funny and clever. It seemed like a fulfilling place to work -- and I always loved school myself. Where else would they pay me to read and then talk about books?

What attracted you to Grand Cayman and CIS?

My husband and I came to Cayman originally on a two-year stint with his employer. We lived by the sea for the first few years, and after that, we couldn't drag ourselves away.  I joined CIS as a parent first, and then as a teacher because my son told me it was a great place to spend the day.

What advice would you give to people just moving to Cayman?

Take a swim in the sea every day if you can.  

What do activities do you enjoy outside of school?

I love to swim, run, read and write.

What are you reading right now?

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders for fun and Tools for Teaching Conceptual Learning by Julia Sterm for work.

If you could pick up a new skill in an instant what would it be?

Singing.

If you could impart just one lesson to students, what would it be and why?

Listen more than you speak, to other people and the world around you. Listening will teach you compassion, and show you beauty you might not have noticed. It will help you understand things beyond yourself.  After all, if all you do is talk about the things you already know, you'll never be anything other than what you are.

What are you most looking forward to this new school year?

Watching our new Community Principles and Learning Principles blossom and seeing the effect they will have on our school.