Leah Klein was raised in the Australian towns of Cowra, Condobolin, Cootamundra, and Wagga Wagga. Growing up, she enjoyed school, friends, music and dancing, and watching her brothers play rugby and cricket. When Leah was 12 her family moved west, across the country to the less-amusingly-named city of Perth. There she earned bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education, and she taught social studies and economics for several years at an Anglican high school by the beach.
As a teacher, Leah loved the challenge and joy of helping adolescents learn economics, but she was equally drawn to teaching behaviors and relationship skills. She helped students in her homeroom get along, taught students who didn’t fit in so easily how to find friends, and directed students who got angry easily away from power struggles. These experiences contributed to Leah’s decision to travel halfway around the world to BYU, where she earned a dual-certification master’s degree in school counseling and school psychology.
Leah has many years of experience in a range of settings as a school psychologist and clinical mental health counselor. She has worked in a university wellness center, a psychological assessment and treatment center, domestic violence shelters, public and charter schools, and in private practice. Leah values a team approach to supporting students and enjoys being a part of school communities. Over the years she has worked with wonderful colleagues who are valued mentors and friends.
Leah shares her love of education with her husband Kevin, who also works in education, and with her two children, whose favorite pastimes include family reading marathons. Leah enjoys relaxing with family and friends, taking adventure-filled road trips, and playing her heart out in family basement soccer.