Allison Leslie

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Memphis Executive Director, Aspire Public Schools

Memphis, Tennessee

Allison Leslie is the Memphis executive director of Aspire Public Schools. She served as a lead teacher and later the principal of EPACS until 2008. Alli began her education career with Teach For America in Houston, Texas.

She graduated from the University of California at San Diego with degrees in both Spanish and literature and writing. She earned her Texas teaching credentials at the University of St. Thomas and her California teaching credentials through the University of California State Teach program. During her first year as principal, Alli completed a master’s in administration and earned her California administration credential at University of California at Berkeley, as a fellow in the Principal Leadership Institute.

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Posted Aug. 12, 2019

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