Leela considers herself not only as an educator, but also as an innovator. She believes in strong collaboration among all of the teachers and staff at a child care center, as they are all responsible for the overall success of a student. During her time as a Summer Camp Team Member at a local athletic facility, her manager Brandon states that Leela is “a very active, sincere, and kindhearted person. When a child […] was unable to complete a task, she always encouraged and helped the individual.” Leela also found inspiration from special needs students during her time as a volunteer at the Rise School; “…I realized that this small feat was something that we all strive for – to recognize the happiness in the modest moments of everyday life. This small child, despite her disabilities, was content in this simple moment we shared.” Congratulations, Leela!