Reading Specialist - Grades K-2

Mrs. Fran Leitch

B.A., Communication Disorders/Elementary Education, Gonzaga University
M.A., Teaching, Grand Canyon University

Areas of Advanced Study
Interventions for Struggling Students in Reading, Writing & Math.

Began teaching in 1979.
Teaching at Holy Family since 1979.

What I love about teaching reading at Holy Family School:
I love the students, parents, staff members and our parish community at Holy Family. Where can you work and receive so many blessings in a single day? I can share my faith, knowledge and love with the children who are the future of our society and Church. What an awesome opportunity and responsibility!

Why I became a teacher:
I first realized that I would like to be a teacher when I was an eighth grade student at St. Joseph’s School in Wenatchee, Washington. I volunteered during lunch recess a few times a week to help some first graders with their reading or math. As time went by, this interest, coupled with many babysitting jobs along the way, convinced me that a profession in teaching was my calling, especially in a Catholic learning environment.

Favorite Scripture Verse:
“I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing.” John 15:5

Reading Specialist - Grades 3-4

Mrs. Leslie Oja

Ed.D.-Doctor of Education: Nova Southeastern University
Dual MSEd:
Reading Specialist: University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point
Mental Health Counseling: Northern Colorado University
BA-Education: Eastern Michigan University

Began teaching in 1981.
Teaching at Holy Family since 2017.

What I love about teaching reading at Holy Family School:
Teaching reading at Holy Family Parish School is rewarding. I enjoy applying my knowledge and experience for the benefit of assisting students both academically and spiritually, as well as to enjoy their environment.

Why I became a teacher:
Each day is a challenge to be sure each student is receiving an education that will provide them with opportunities to live a satisfying life; I am privileged to be part of the community that enables students to achieve their goals.

Favorite Scripture Verse:
“What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you."
Phillippians 4:9

"The nobility of the task to which teachers are called demands that, in imitation of Christ, the only Teacher, they reveal the Christian message not only by word but also by every gesture of their behavior. This is what makes the difference between a school whose education is permeated by the Christian spirit and one in which religion is only regarded as an academic subject like any other."
-- (The Catholic School, 1977, #43)