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Leslie Danner – Elementary Counselor/Mental Health Coordinator

My name is Leslie Danner, and this will be my 7th year at KCIA. This year I will be the School Counselor for Kindergarten, 4th, and 5th grades. I attended Graceland University on a soccer scholarship, studying Psychology, Art, and Spanish. Then, I attended Emporia State University, where I earned a Master’s in Art Therapy Counseling. For several years, I worked as an art therapist in a Kansas City hospital. In 2014, I left my job to go to Costa Rica, where I got to travel, play more soccer, eat amazing food, immerse myself in the culture, and volunteer at a local elementary school. Working with the students there really encouraged me to pursue my ambition of bringing my art therapy skill-set into a school setting, and I set off to become a school counselor. I returned to Emporia State University, earning my Master’s in School Counseling, and have loved bringing creative outlets to students at KCIA since 2017. In my free time, I love spending time outdoors, exploring, gardening, reading, biking, hiking, watching soccer, playing with my dog Fred, and relaxing with family and friends. If I could, I would travel the world everyday taking pictures, and immersing myself in all the food, dancing, art, languages, and cultures of our diverse planet! I look forward to getting to connect with and support our awesome students and their loved ones. Love does work!


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