Lesley Jones Sessler is the Northeast Region Specialist for ETV with Foster Success. She enjoys working closely with young adults who have left the foster care system and are enrolled in colleges, universities, or vocational educational programs. She has served in this capacity for six years. It brings her great joy to see firsthand, the hopes and dreams that come to fruition because of the hard work and sacrifice on the part of her students.
Prior to this role, Lesley was an assistant superintendent of schools in Indiana. She has over thirty years of experience in K-12 and higher education serving in roles of teacher, literacy coach, assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent, and adjunct professor. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism from Virginia Union University, a Master of Science in Education degree with Specialization in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Bank Street College of Education, an Advanced Master of Education degree with Specialization in Curriculum and Teaching from Columbia University, Teachers College and a Master’s Degree in School Administration and Supervision from The City College of New York School of Education.
Included in Ms. Jones Sessler’s portfolio of achievements is ABC-TV “Nightline with Ted Koppel’s, Documentary titled, “Master Teacher”, a six-part series documenting the school year as experienced by her and her students which earned the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for “Master Teacher,” 1999-2001. She was the recipient of the Mary McLeod Bethune Outstanding Teacher of the Year award from the National Alliance of Black School Educators, 2000. She was a Contributing Author to the professional publication: School Reform and Student Achievement: Lessons Learned, Temple University’s “Laboratory for Student Success Spotlight on Student Success,” 2005 (Issue No. 804).
Lesley also enjoys spending time with her family, writing, traveling, and entertaining.