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Leslie Aaronson  

Strategic Director of K12 Initiatives, National Center for Women & Information Technology

Leslie Aaronson is the Strategic Director of K12 Initiatives for NCWIT (National Center for Women & Information Technology) and the Teacher in Residence at LA Promise Fund where she manages Girls Build LA. Leslie was awarded Teacher of the Year by LAUSD for her work as the Lead Teacher and Coordinator of Foshay Learning Center’s Technology Academy where she taught for thirteen years. She was a researcher for CS Teaching Tips and writes articles and speaks about how to prepare students for careers of the future and the importance of access and equity for all. Leslie sits on the advisory board for CS Ed Week, SciGirls Code, the Computer Science Department of El Camino College, and Family Code Night. Prior to teaching, Leslie was the Production Manager for Blue’s Clues International at Nickelodeon.

Leslie holds two CTE Credentials in Information Communication and Technology and Arts, Media and Entertainment, plus a Single Subject Credential in English and an Administrative Credential. She has a masters degree from New York University in Education, Communication and Technology and a BA from Washington University in St. Louis in Anthropology.

She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two daughters.

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