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Leszek Ward

Literature Teacher


Experienced and reflective teacher with a history of school leadership and a deep commitment to educational equity. 


Aug 2015Present

Department Facilitator

New Haven Academy

Planned and facilitated weekly meetings for the Spanish, Humanities, and Literature departments. Lead the Spanish and Humanities departments through the process of rewriting academic standards, creating new rubrics, and establishing a four year scope and sequence. Helped the Literature department revise standards, update rubrics, and align common formative assessments. Informally coached and supported teachers in all three departments.

Aug 2014Present

Curriculum Facilitator

New Haven Public schools

Worked with other curriculum facilitators to plan and facilitate professional development for English teachers across the district based on teacher feedback and identified needs. 

Sep 2012Present

Curriculum Writer

New Haven Public Schools

Worked with other curriculum writers to redesign the ELA curricuum. Wrote units and performance tasks for 9th-12th graders. Compiled, organized, and edited an appendix of teaching strategies.

Aug 2009Present

Jupitergrades Administrator

New Haven Academy

Maintained teacher accounts, course listings, and course standards in the school information system. Trained staff in the use of the online gradebook and shared best practices through faculty meetings and individual coaching sessions.

Aug 2008Present

Literature Teacher

New Haven Academy

Designed and taught units preparing 9th and 10th grade students for common assessments. Created and taught six different thematic electives for 11th and 12th grade students. Served on the Leadership and Mastery committees to design and implement a system of mastery based grading. Piloted an online vocabulary program, trained other literature teachers, and shared best practices when it was adopted school wide. 


Jun 2007Dec 2008

Master of Arts, Urban Education

Yale University

Student taught at Hillhouse High School and Career High School.

Sep 2003May 2007

Bachelor of Arts, English and Secondary Education

Boston College

Graduated Cum Laude with a 3.794 GPA.