Ms. Stephanie Pennington, Intervention Specialist for 6th Grade
My name is Stephanie Pennington. I have been a social worker for 21 years. 18 of those years have been in education. I have a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Social Work. I enjoy working with students because I believe I learn just as much from them as they do from me.
Ms. DeJonae Gardiner, Intervention Specialist for 7th GradeI am Mrs. DeJonae Gardiner, "Mrs. G". I am a Texan born and raised in Killeen. I received my Bachelors of Arts and Science in Social Work from Prairie View A&M University and Masters of Science in Social Work from Uiversity of Texas Arlington. I am a Licensed Master Social Worker. I will be completing my Clinical License this October. I have a passion for students and their families. I have previous experience as a Social Worker in multiple settings such as psychiatric hospitals, Medicaid insurance, foster care and adoption, and education. I specialize in trauma work with adolescents and adults. My goal for the students at LMS is to become the best version of themselves mentally, physically, socially, emotionally, and ultimately academically. I work from a holistic, strengths-based perspective. I want to be a support for students and their families to ensure that they achieve their heart's desires and become productive citizens in society.
Ms. Letty Cruz, Intervention Specialist for 8th Grade
My name is Letty Cruz. I have been with the district for almost 8 yrs! I am married to my wonderful best friend of 15 yrs. I have a daughter from a previous union, who is a senior this year and just turned 18 this summer! My daughter is the love of my life, who since her birth, we have thanked God for her being our little medical miracle, born almost 2 months early! It is because of our miracle that I chose to work with children of all ages. My Bachelor's in Social Work from Texas Women's University, prepared me academically; however, God prepared me physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually, to grow in my faith, as well as my profession. I have almost 40 years of professional experience working with families and children. In 2010, I completed a Masters in Arts in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation, from Abilene Christian University. My life's work and my experience give me a unique edge in working with our LMS students and families. My goal at Leonard is simple: to help any student in need, who may face challenges; academically, socially or emotionally, and give them the support they need to succeed!
Ms. Cheryl Scott Lewis, Counselor for 8th Grade and 7th Grade Boys
I am a native of Houston, Texas, and a graduate of Forest Brook High School “Mighty Jaguar”. I completed my education, at Texas Southern University and Prairie View A &M University, earning a Master of Science in Counseling from Texas Wesleyan University.Prior to becoming a School Counselor at Leonard Middle School and J. T. Steven Elementary, I served as the Intervention Specialist for Dunbar Middle School, Eastern Hills High School and Lowery Road & Eastern Hills Elementary for over 10 years and as the Student Service Specialist at Dunbar Tier I DAEP for 3 years. I also taught Special Education in the Irving Independent School District for 2 years.
I also served as an Adult Residential-Community Supervision and Correction Officer for over 9 years within Tarrant County. I am the proud mother of one daughter, Deyonna De’Jurnae Scott and wife of Michael Lewis.My goal for the students at Leonard Middle School Leonard is for them to become academically successful and self-sufficient.
Ms. Marian Mayfield, Counselor for 6th Grade and 7th Grade Girls
Born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas Ms. Mayfield is a graduate of R.L. Paschal High School. She received a Bachelor of Social Work Degree from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas and her Master of Social Work Degree from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas. Ms. Mayfield received her Teaching Certification at Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Virginia, and a Masters in Counseling Education from Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas. This is her seventh year at Leonard, although she has been a counselor for 15 years. Ms. Mayfield has a daughter and a granddaughter who is the apple of her eye. Her goal for Leonard Middle is to help our students become responsible, productive citizens in society and promote academic success.