Kerry Leise

As a teenager back in the 1990’s, Kerry started teaching children in church. As that passion grew she went to Bible college and got a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. During college Kerry continued to teach a children’s Bible class. She wasn’t given a curriculum so she mostly made up her own. Kerry’s last semester of college she taught K4 using the A Beka program in a Christian school.

After college Kerry worked in a Child Development Center and also taught a children’s Bible class of various ages. Kerry married Josh, the man of her dreams, in 2001. They spent five and half years as missionaries in Papua, Indonesia where she started Kids’ Clubs and a Teen Club, similar to AWANA, designing the logo, pins, and games herself. Teaching in a foreign language was a great challenge that she thoroughly enjoyed.

Through the years Kerry has also helped homeschooling families with areas of struggle and tutored children in reading and math. Josh and Kerry became foster parents in February 2012. This was a very new experience for them and they learned a lot about parenting abused and neglected children. God hasn’t blessed them with any children of their own, but Kerry continues her passion today as she takes online classes, gets training from dyslexia experts, and studies the latest research on helping children learn reading and math. 2015-2016 Kerry worked with Sylvan tutoring 16 middle-schoolers with the ACE It program.