Lea Birbilas is a veteran science teacher and is excited to join the RiseUp team. This is her thirteenth year teaching and her love of her work and her students just continues to grow. Lea grew up in the midwest and earned a BS in Environmental and Plant Biology from Ohio University. After some time in Minneapolis, MN she moved to Baltimore to begin teaching through the Baltimore City Teaching Residency and earned a master’s degree in teaching from Johns Hopkins University. She taught in Baltimore at Frederick Douglass High School for 6 years before moving to Colorado where she has been living and teaching for the past 7 years. She loves all things science and working with young people. She believes that all students can learn and do science well. When not in the classroom Lea is probably playing outside somewhere whatever the season or playing music. She loves being active in the mountains, riding her motorcycle, and playing with her dogs and family.
What is Your Why?
I believe that all students are capable of great things when given the space they need. This comes when they are seen, heard, and supported. As a queer kid with ADHD who didn’t have support until later in life, I try to make a space where students feel seen and supported so they can reach their goals.