HELLO... I am Leslie S. Kestin. I am entering my 23rd year as a Physical Education teacher. After teaching elementary and middle school, I am pleased to be here at Grand Arts. I am a native from SoCal, first generation, (my parents were from Europe).
Surprisingly, I was never much of an athlete. In middle and high school, I was a short, round student, with thick glasses and always picked last on every team. It was not until college that I discovered swimming and running. I was never very fast but always very determined. Since that time, I have completed many 10 kilometer runs, 35 half marathons and 10 full marathons. I have completed three century rides (that’s 100 miles). I am a mentor for my running group the LA Leggers.
In 2006, I was a new teacher at Virgil Middle School when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. (Bald was not my best look.) After lots of treatments, I continue to be cancer free.
Had to laugh...
In the movie "Forrest Gump",
Forrest stops running in Monument Valley.
During our summer camping trip, we just
had to find that same spot.
The angle is slightly off but we got very
close to the same spot.
(I'm wearing my LA Marathon t-shirt!)
For you film majors, Monument Valley
was the home for some very
famous John Ford movies.There have
been many films that have used the
background of Monument Valley.