Leigh McGown, Ed.D. began her career in education in a 9th grade classroom in Durango, Colorado, after completing a BA in Humanities and a Secondary Teaching License from Fort Lewis College (1994). Inspired to affect positive change for a more diverse population, Leigh recognized teen mothers as a group of high school students desperately needing attention. Since 1997, Leigh has influenced the lives of teen parents in the Roaring Fork and Colorado River Valleys as Director of the Infant and Toddler programs and Advisor at Yampah Mountain High School in Glenwood Springs, CO. In the fall of 2007, Leigh expanded her reach with adolescents as the Principal of Yampah Mountain High School an Alternative Education Campus.
Leigh complimented her expertise completing a Doctor of Education degree in Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Northern Colorado in 2015; her dissertation focused on Emergency Response Preparation to Cardiac Emergencies in Schools, She holds a Master’s Degree in Non-Profit Management from Regis University, completing these studies 2005 while in-service to NGOs in Cape Town, South Africa. She holds teaching endorsements in the areas of Secondary Social Studies (Ft. Lewis College 1994), 0-7 Early Childhood (Colorado Mt College/CU Denver 1997), and K-12 Linguistically & Culturally Diverse: ESL (Western State College 2006). She completed her Principal endorsement and graduate studies in Educational Leadership through Mesa State College in the summer of 2008.