Leigh has a strong background in teaching, professional development, consultancies and research.
During her professional career she has worked in a feminist collective 'Women's Liberation Halfway House' domestic violence service, been part of a group that established a Steiner/Waldorf school in South Australia, been a Steiner/Waldorf class teacher, a high school special needs and English teacher and students at risk coordinator and she was an advisor for the SA Education department for many years, in the area of learning difficulties and wellbeing.
She came to Flinders University full time in 2010 during which time she has created and developed a number of topics and courses and conducted research and worked with teachers and student across Australia and in the US.
Her focus in both the undergraduate and post graduate space has been on mindfulness, wellbeing, trauma sensitive teaching, relational learning and teaching and qualitative research methodologies
Her two most recent publications are commissioned books for Routledge:
Empowering mindfulness for women
Safeguarding mindfulness in schools and higher education an holistic and inclusive approach.
Please find a list of research publications at the link on the right hand at
Leigh is registered as a teacher in South Australia
Leigh coordinates the Master of Education Positive Mental Health and Wellbeing and the Graduate Certificate in Counselling Vulnerable Children and Young People.
She has developed topics such as Mindfulness and the Innner World of Teaching and Learning, Creating Calmer Classrooms a trauma sensitive approach and Relationships for Learning.
Her courses and topics are based in her qualitative research into wellbeing, trauma, autism mindfulness, teacher student and parent relationships, Waldorf/Steiner education and autism.
Her teaching interests include wellbeing, spirituality, mindfulness, trauma and holistic education. She enjoys teaching in intensive formats and aims to bring a holistic approach that includes head, heart and body.
Vice Chancellors Award for Thesis Excellence - MAR 2019
Leigh provides professional learning and consultancy input for government, independent and alternative schools both primary and secondary relating to wellbeing, mindfulness and trauma sensitive pedagogies.
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