Leigh Bortins is a nationally acclaimed educator, perhaps best known for her ability to demystify the fundamental tools of learning. As a teacher, author and commentator, Leigh is credited with helping to launch the "home-centered learning" education movement.
After earning a degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan, Leigh worked in the aerospace industry before beginning her work as an educator. In teaching study skills for almost 20 years to children and adults, she has written several books including The Core: Teaching Your Child the Foundations of Home-Centered Education, Echo in Celebration: A Call to Home-Centered Education, The Foundations Program: A Classical Curriculum (a teaching guide), and The Essentials of English Language Guide (a teaching guide for language arts from the classical perspective). She has authored complete K-12 curriculum guides for program directors, teachers, and tutors all across the country.
Leigh is the founder and CEO of Classical Conversations Inc., an organization that models classical, home-centered education to empower learners of all ages. She trains facilitators dedicated to duplicating her methods, and is thereby transforming education and improving the quality of family and community life. Classical Conversations is nearly doubling in size and scope each year.
Leigh has completed the Doctoral program in Global Education at the Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary near Boston, where she developed relationships with educators in India and Africa. She enjoys speaking to policy organizations interested in promoting private education as well as homeschooling organizations. On her radio show, Leigh at Lunch!, Leigh engages thought leaders from across the country in conversations on education. Her blog, 1SmartMama, provides opportunities for those interested in classical education to speak out on current events as well as encourage every parent that they are smart enough to homeschool their children.
Leigh's emphasis on the time-tested enjoyment of learning and the fundamentals of education and critical thinking skills grew out of her own experiences in homeschooling her four boys with her husband Robert. They live near Pinehurst, North Carolina.