Leslie Van Leishout

District PBIS Specialist

Contact Details

Bronze Member


Leslie Van Leishout holds a BA in Theatre Education with six teaching endorsements, as well as a Masters of Educational Leadership and a Principal Certificate. She has taught theatre in California, Utah, Washington, and Illinois working with preK-college student. Leslie has more than 30 years of experience working with diverse organizations including the Vancouver Film School and the Washington Shakespeare Festival. She is currently the Theater Education Coordinator in the Department of Theater and Dance at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE)

Leslie was the Co-Chapter Director of Washington State Thespians (an Educational Theatre Association affiliate) and Thespian Troupe Director for River Ridge High School. She is a member of the EdTA’s Advocacy Taskforce and Individual Events Adjudication Rubric Committee for EdTA.

Leslie was inducted into the EdTA National Hall of Fame in September 2013. She was named to the Washington State Thespian Hall of Fame (2010) and was a Golden Apple Award Winner (2012, Washington State). Her department at River Ridge was twice named Outstanding High School Theatre by EdTA (2004 & 2012).

Leslie worked from 2001-2011 with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction in Washington State; writing Arts Learning Standards, Grade Level Expectations, and Assessments. Leslie is currently a member of the Theatre Writing Team for the National Coalition for CORE Arts Standards (NCCAS) which is producing the next generation of Theatre Arts Standards for the nation.

Leslie is the mother of six grown children and has been married for over thirty years to James A. Van Leishout


Seattle Pacific University
Seattle, Washington, United States
MEd, 2010
Educational Leadership and Principal Certification
2008 To 2010
Dissertation: Arts and Educational Leadership
Advisor: Dr. Dick Smith

Brigham Young University
Provo, Utah, United States
BA and Teaching Certification, 1979
Theatre and Cinematic Arts, History/Social Studies
1977 To 1979

Job History

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Theater Education Coordinator and Director of Cougar Theater for Young Audiences
Edwardsville, IL, United States
August 2013 - present

River Ridge High School/North Thurston Public Schools
Teacher/Director/Theatre Manager/Arts Faciliator/PBIS Coordinator/Assessment Coordinator/School Improvement Team/Program Leader Arts
Lacey, WA, United States
September 1998 - August 2013

Vancouver Film School
Acting Instructor and Curriculum Development
Vancouver, BC, Canada
June 2003 - August 2003

Washington Shakespeare Festival
Educational Director/Director/Lighting Designer
Olympia, WA, United States
August 1988 - August 2000

Provo High School/Provo School District
Provo, UT, United States
August 1980 - August 1983

Fitz Intermediate School/Garden Grove School District
Santa Ana, CA, United States
February 1980 - June 1980