Dean of Students, Graham Elementary and Middle School
Leah Mejia is the Dean of Students at Graham Elementary and Middle School, where she serves a diverse group of students in central Ohio in grades K through 8. Her passion for equity and social justice shine through in her work to cultivate and maintain a school culture that is safe and inclusive for all, staff and students alike. A cornerstone of her work at GEMS is the use of restorative justice and trauma-responsive practices. During her time as a school leader, Leah has created and led professional development for her team of teachers and staff to engage them in analyzing their own backgrounds, beliefs, and biases, and how these three components impact their work in the classroom. Leah has also developed robust resources and trainings for staff and teachers to ensure that their classrooms are trauma-responsive. In partnership with EL Education, Leah has presented multiple times at their national conference on reading and writing in subject-area classrooms and positive discipline practices. Prior to serving as a leader at GEMS, Leah began her career as a 5th grade teacher and also served as an instructional coach. Leah received an undergraduate degree in elementary and middle school education from the University of Portland in Portland, Oregon and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in educational administration at The Ohio State University. She grew up on the West Coast near Portland, Oregon and moved to Ohio five years ago. She and her husband live in the Northland area of Columbus with their two dogs, Cosmo and Luna, and their bearded dragon, Chalupa.