Leesville Staff Directory Links

  • Teachers at Leesville Elementary School have useful class information available on their websites.
    To email a Staff member use the prefix listed by their name and add  @wcpss.net  
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LES Principal, Mr. Cohen

 Ari Cohen

Phone: 919-870-4200

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

MSA, UNC Chapel Hill

Ari Cohen

email address: acohen

Shortly after earning my BA in English from University of Rochester I joined Teach for America as a 1995 Corps Member. TFA sent me out to Compton, California, where I taught first grade for five years at Thomas Jefferson ES. Once my first class of students completed their 5th grade year, I moved back home to NYC, where I taught first grade for another two years at PS 189 in Washington Heights.

During my second year, I determined that I wanted a broader impact on school operations, which led me to the the Principal Fellows and the Masters in School Administration Program and UNC-CH.

Following my internship at Forest View in Durham, I became the Assistant Principal at Southwest ES. After 1 ½ years as AP and 5 ½ years as Principal, my family and I moved to Paris, France, where I spent two years leading the Pre-K through 8th Grade Program at Marymount International School.

I am now entering my seventh year at Leesville Rd. Elementary School, where it has been my honor to support and grow a wonderful community of students, families, and the most inspiring educators with whom it has been my pleasure to lead and work.

LES Assistant Principal, Mrs. Lay

 Jodi Lay

Phone: 919-870-4200

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

MSA, UNC Chapel Hill

Jodi Lay

email address: jlay

My name is Jodi Lay and I am proud and thankful to be your Assistant Principal at Leesville Elementary.

I am originally from western Pennsylvania (Go Steelers!).  I completed my undergraduate degree in Science Education at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania.  I taught Middle and High School science classes in both Virginia and Florida before moving to North Carolina in January of 1998.  I spent the next 15 years teaching middle school science at Leesville, West Cary, and Lufkin Road Middle Schools.  During that time I earned my National Board Certification and my Master's Degree in Science Education from East Carolina University.

I completed my Master's Degree in School Administration at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2013.  Mr. Cohen and the staff at Leesville Elementary invited me to join the school community in January of 2014, and I immediately accepted the role of Assistant Principal.  I was excited to arrive at Leesville Elementary on my first day of work and that excitement has never faded.  Anyone who knows me will tell you, "Mrs. Lay LOVES her Leesville Community".

My husband Hal and I love to travel, to learn about new cultures, and to spend time with family.  We love to see Leesville Elementary family when we are out and about in the area, so if you see us, make sure to say "Hello!".

LES Principal Intern, Mr. Thomas

 Katona Thomas

Phone: 919-870-4200

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

MSA, UNC-Chapel Hill

Katona Thomas

Hello, Leesville Elementary Family! I am Katona Thomas-Briggs and I am honored and excited to serve as one of your school administrators this year. I am a proud native of the All-American city of Fayetteville, North Carolina where I graduated from E.E. Smith Senior High School and the Math and Science Academy as a North Carolina Academic Scholar. After graduation, I chose to attend North Carolina Central University(NCCU) where I majored in History and Psychology. I also completed a program of study in social science at the University of California at Los Angeles(UCLA) and currently pursuing my master degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill(UNC). Before embarking on my career in school administration, I taught high school history and psychology in both Durham Public Schools and the Wake County Public School System. I am a member of Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society in the Social Sciences, Phi Alpha Theta National History Honorary Society and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. I absolutely admire the strong foundation and tradition that the collective Leesville community possesses and I couldn't have chosen a better place to learn and grow. My only hope is that I assist the wonderful staff here with their continuous efforts to make LES a place where all students are embraced and access to an equitable education is always a high priority.

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