Leanna Cullum

PreK-4 Teacher


I grew up in a small town in south Georgia. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Education (Early Childhood Education) from Valdosta State University and my Master of Arts in Education (Curriculum and Instruction) from the University of Phoenix. I began my teaching career in Georgia, where I met my husband, who was stationed at Kings Bay, GA. He was from Texas, and as soon as he got out of the Navy, we made our journey to Texas for several years as he went to Texas A&M. I quickly fell in love with TX but definitely missed Georgia. So we moved back to Georgia for a few years and then back to Texas, where we have lived ever since. I have taught for 19 years in grades PreK - 5th grades. I've taught in public, private, and online through Georgia Cyber Academy and Texas Virtual Academy. Teaching is my calling, and I find great joy that I have taught in many different locations and grades.

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? When I was in 2nd grade, my teacher, Mrs. DeMott, told me, "Leanna, I think you would make a great teacher because you already have a teacher's handwriting." That stuck with me, and from that moment on, I knew I wanted to become a teacher just like Mrs. DeMott.

Why do you choose to work at CCA? I chose to work at CCA when my family was looking for a school for my then kindergarten son. We toured several schools, and when I heard that CCA was looking for a PreK teacher, I knew this was where God wanted our family. We instantly fell in love with the school, and my kids have both thrived here.

What is one fun fact about you? As soon as you hear me talk, you will know I'm not from Texas. I get asked often, "where are you from?" As the saying goes, "you can take the girl out of Georgia, but you can't take Georgia out of the girl."

What is your favorite book of all time? I don't know if I can choose just one book, but my favorite author is Karen Kingsbury. Her books pull me right in, and once I start one, I find it hard to put it down. I own almost every single one of her books and love to reread them every so often.

What is one thing that can instantly make your day better? A good coffee in the morning definitely makes my day better!

What do you like to do for fun? I love to go shopping (even if I'm just looking) or get a pedicure.

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