Founder of the Independent Learning Academy (ILA)
Independent Learning Academy is a K-12 university model educational system with over 1,200 students and three locations, two in southern California, and one in Meridian, Idaho. Lesley and her husband, Joe, of 28 years, are co-founders of Next Generation Ministries whose mission is to raise up the next generation to fulfill their God-given purposes. Lesley is also the Charter Head of both Trail Life Troop 7401 and American Heritage Girls Troop CA 0019. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Gettysburg College and a Master’s in Secondary Education from Manhattanville College. She taught middle school Language Arts in NY before starting her own family. Lesley has always enjoyed working with the youth. For years while raising her own four children, she volunteered in youth ministry in Connecticut, Georgia, and then California where she and her family have lived for the past eleven years. Through homeschooling her own children for the past 17 years, Lesley has developed a passion for education and families, which fuels her desire to create an empowering and inspiring educational space for all children. As the Lord leads, she is excited to bring ILA’s educational model to other communities and states. ILA chapters are available for churches to partner with to raise up and influence the next generation of children for Christ.