Leigh has a strong background in teaching, professional development, consultancies and research.
During her professional career she has worked in diverse educational contexts, often working at the intersection of wellbeing and mindfulness pedagogies.
She has been a primary (Waldorf), secondary and special education teacher (SA Ed Dept) leading to a statewide role as a learning difficulties and wellbeing adviser.
She came to Flinders University full time in 2010 during which time she created and developed a number of topics and courses, conducted research, supervised and worked with teachers across Australia, the US, Asia and New Zealand.
Her focus in research, teaching and supervision relates to mindfulness, wellbeing, trauma sensitive teaching, relational learning and qualitative research methodologies
Innovations in mindfulness for young people need to take more account of their unique needs if they are to live up to their potential. Published Online 3/10/2022 Child and Adolescent Mental Health : http://doi.org/10.1111/camh.12601
Recent books for Routledge:
Empowering mindfulness for women
Safeguarding mindfulness in schools and higher education an holistic and inclusive approach.
Find out more about Leigh's research and publications at the following links:
Leigh is registered as a teacher in South Australia
Leigh coordinates the Master of Education and Graduate Certificate Positive Mental Health and Wellbeing and the Graduate Certificate in Counselling Vulnerable Children and Young People courses.
She has developed topics such as Mindfulness and the Innner World of Teaching and Learning, Creating Calmer Classrooms: a trauma sensitive approach (at both undergraduate and post graduate levels) 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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