HELLO! I am Leslie S. Kestin. I am entering my 22nd year as a Physical Education teacher. After 8 years teaching elementary school, and 8 years at the middle school level, I am pleased to begin my 6th year here at Grand Arts. I am a native, first generation, (my parents were from Europe), born and raised in Los Angeles.
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, 40 half marathons and 10 full marathons. After college, I added biking and 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, and 14 years later, I continue to be cancer free.
In 2017 after completing 1000 miles (lots of steps on my pedometer), and 10 races including the LA Marathon, a simple fall and I chipped a bone in my back. After spinal surgery and lots of Physical Therapy, I am running, doing Pilates and riding my bike again.
I have been married for 33 years. My husband, now retired from 40 years in broadcasting, enjoys photography, bike riding, kayaking and fishing. He is a FANTASTIC cook!
We are avid campers and photographers. Our latest trip
was a little drive to Alaska ... 9,000 miles from Los Angeles
to Homer, Alaska. The eagle is my favorite vacation picture.
We have two daughters. One is studying Sociology and the other is working in Animation. Yes ... I like old cartoons ... doesn't everyone?
It will be easy to tell that I am a Disney fan. The picture to the right was taken at Disneyland's Club 33 on our wedding anniversary. OH MY, what an experience.
The picture on the left is in front of the Castle at Disneyland. If you study the picture, you might be able to guess why would I be standing at this spot. Any guesses?
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.
My goal here is to let you know who I am and how I look forward to this school year.
We are here to support your learning. Please contact me with any questions or concerns