My name is Lesli Brandell. I have lived in the southwest all of my life--mostly in the Phoenix area. In 1998, I graduated from ASU West with a BA in Elementary Education. I am excited to say that I have been teaching at New River for more than 20 years! New River has the BEST kids and families, and I am proud and blessed to have spent my entire career so far as part of this community! When I'm not teaching, I play highland snare drum in a local, competitive pipe band. I am also a science fiction fan and enjoy reading, traveling, and bird watching.