About the Instructor
Mrs. Leesa Wolfe Peery
As soon as I graduated college, I took a job as a news reporter for the Clinch Valley News, where I spent seven happy years writing stories on county government, court cases, school board news, police events, politics, community events, and features on everything from farming to business to weird and unusual hobbies. During that time, however, I increasingly felt the call to teach, and I finally gave in to the urge and began my career as an educator in August of 1988. Over the span of 30 wonderful years at Tazewell High School, I taught English (levels 9 through 12), biology 1, human anatomy and physiology, AP biology, journalism, and classes in sentence writing and self-questioning strategies. I am a former National Teacher Training Institute Master Teacher (working under contract to PBS for several years), served as an online course developer for the Southwest Virginia Educational Training Network (SVETN), and am a certified instructor for the Strategic Instructional Method (SIM). I have also taught human anatomy to nursing students as an adjunct instructor for Southwest Virginia Community College. I decided to retire in June of 2018... but that didn't last long. On Oct. 8, I embarked on a new adventure as an English 9, 10, and 12 instructor at Tazewell County Career and Technical Center. This felt like coming home, in a sense, since I spent my first year teaching English 10 and 12 to the Tazewell High School students who attended TCCTC. Now I am incredibly excited to teach Economics and Personal Finance this year at TCCTC. As my students enter adulthood, I can think of no better way to prepare them to become productive citizens than to instruct them on WHY and HOW to manage their finances wisely and responsibly. I am thrilled to be able to continue working with the terrific people at the tech center and to provide my students with tools and skills that will benefit them in their future lives and careers. On a Personal Level... I am truly a teacher who loves to teach. My husband, Jerry, is a retired biology teacher. We live on a farm with 10 horses, two dogs (a young Cavachon named Taz [short for Tazewell] and a Bichon Frise named Polly), Bandit the Tonkinese cat, an antisocial parrot who is sorely misnamed Princess Mia, 14 chickens, six ducks, and a goose named Abigail. Conversations around our house often revolve around critters, farming, life science and/or education. I am a 15-year breast cancer survivor, so I count every day as a blessed gift. I enjoy horseback riding, showing horses, gardening, photography, reading (a LOT), watching old western movies and my favorite TV show (NCIS), and singing with the Tazewell Presbyterian Church choir. When I have time, I also like to fish and hunt. Life is good!