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Leila Lester

Project Manager
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As a project manager, Leila Lester supports CAST projects by being a liaison both internally and with external partners, managing timelines, and providing logistical support. Her favorite aspect of her job is turning theory into practice by bringing researchers together with teachers in the field.

Prior to joining CAST, Leila taught elementary and middle school math education.

Outside of her work at CAST, Leila enjoys exploring parks and playgrounds with her son, diving into a good novel, and experimenting with various spices in the kitchen.

My Inspiration

"Our everyday interactions in classrooms are layered with histories, perspectives, identities. And how we treat our troublemakers is a question of freedom."

— Carla Shalaby


MA, University of Michigan
BA, Michigan State University

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