"I am extremely passionate about The Patchwork School and the education that it provides not only my child, but all those who attend. Patchwork respects and encourages each child to be themselves. The educational philosophy allows children lean the way they need to learn and about the things that interest them. I feel privileged to belong to this community of fine people."
Executive MBA, Growing Leading Companies, University of Pennsylvania
Executive MBA, Strategic Planning, Universty of St. Thomas, Minnesota
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Michele Leonard (Mitch)
“I love sharing in the discovery and delight of learning”Patchwork is a place where you can find your authentic self and where I discovered my voice. I wish nothing less for my child and am honored to share the Patchwork experience with him. Patchwork has become family.
B.S. Sociology, Colorado State University, 2007
M.A. Educational Psychology, University of Colorado Denver, 2011
Early Childhood Education Teaching License, Colorado Department of Education- Friends School Teaching Prep Program
You can also find more information about Mitch on our Staff page.
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Haley is a founding staff member of The Patchwork School. Haley considers herself to be a social justice & humane educator. In addition to having a decade’s worth of experience of working with youth, she also has a background in nonprofit -work and community organizing. She is passionate about intentionally confronting social justice and sustainability issues via education. She has spoken at a number of conferences and trainings, led & participated in outdoor experiential trips with students, was on the core organizing team for the 21st Annual International Democratic Education Conference in 2013 and is working on several children’s books. Haley works part-time at Patchwork and part-time at the Loveland Public Library in the Teen Department. This year she is helping to lay the groundwork for our service-learning program in the K12! She has a number of different resources on creating healthy staff cultures, democratic education (throughout the globe), children’s and teen’s literature, education policy, issues of globalization and multiple intelligence theory, please reach out to her! Haley has a BA in Cultural Anthropology from University of Colorado at Boulder and a MA in Education from Goddard College in Vermont. When Haley isn’t busy working to change the world, she is spending time with her fiancé and family, learning about permaculture, doing yoga, watching Star Trek and travelling.
B.A. Anthropology with double minor in Peace & Conflict Studies and Leadership Studies, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2010
Founding staff member, The Patchwork School, 2007-2013
Co-Organizer of the 2013 International Democratic Education Conference (IDEC)
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I have two boys in their 4th year at Patchwork. The experience for both of them has been incredible. They are so inquisitive which I credit to the way Patchwork supports them in exploring subjects of their choosing.
-- Nicki Heathwood
Parent & Board Member,, 2010