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Director, Porter's Center for Global Leadership
Sophie Paris is the Director of the Institute for Global Education and the Director of Porter’s Global at Miss Porter’s School. After earning a Bachelor’s Degree with High Honors in Art and Art History from Colgate University, Sophie began a fourteen year career as a Photojournalist for the United Nations, Bill Gates Foundation, Clinton Foundation, newspapers, and the wire services. Fun fact: Sophie also served as Hillary Clinton’s photographer during her first primary run for President. In 2004, the UN sent Sophie to Haiti to photograph the political insecurity, within days her love for Haiti was ignited and she made it her home until moving to Connecticut in 2012 to join the Miss Porter’s School faculty.
Sophie developed and implemented innovative global initiatives at Miss Porter’s including implementing a Global Citizenship curriculum and establishing partnerships with a network of over thirteen leading international institutions around the world to facilitate authentic connection and collaboration for faculty and students and school-to-school exchanges. After launching a Global Studies Certificate diploma designation three years ago, Sophie is currently focused on how to bring girls together from around the world to experience authentic connections online and to feel empowered to make change through exploring relevant and global issues they are facing through the Porter’s Global programs.
She lives with her husband, 10 year old son, Luka, and dog, Rosie, on campus. Her favorite hobbies are reading, doing yoga and fishing with her son. Combining her experience working in the field for the UN and her love for teaching and learning on a global scale, Sophie brings her passions to her various roles at Miss Porter’s School.
Teacher - Science; Associate Director of Operations Porter's Center for Global Leadership
Lesley is an accomplished educator and school leader who has ignited a passion in girls for science and entrepreneurship. She is the Director of Domestic InterMission and Senior Programs and also teaches across the Science and TIE departments. She is an ardent proponent of girls gaining financial literacy and bringing biotechnology applications into the classroom. She thrives in learning alongside her students
Lesley has been at Porter's since 2015 and loves how Porter's students are empowered to learn and advocate for woman - worldwide. Lesley enjoys playing and watching all sports - she is an avid golf and tennis player and recently has added road biking to her activities.
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