LEAP Program Administrator

Alexis Esslinger

Alexis Esslinger was born and raised in New Mexico with 19 years of experience as an educator. As the Program Administrator of LEAP, she brings experience as a special education teacher, gifted site specialist, English teacher and department chair, coach, assistant principal and Director of Teacher Education to her understanding and considerations within teacher preparation.

As a mother and writer, she is passionate about learning and enjoys working to create educational landscapes which connect students, families, educators, and those that build partnerships together.

Alexis serves as the elected co-chair of Deans and Directors (NMACTE) and is on the New Mexico Professional Practices & Standards Board (PPSC).  She began her teaching career in Fairfax County Public Schools in 2005 after earning her BA in Elementary Education from ENMU and her MA in Education & Human Development with an emphasis in Teaching Students with Emotional and Behavior Disabilities from George Washington University, in Washington, D.C.. Her Ed. S. in Leadership, Administration and School Policy is from GW, as well, and her experience teaching includes several states, PreK-12, and internationally. Alexis lives in Albuquerque with her husband and daughter and in her spare time hikes, reads, aspires to write more and travels.