The California School-Age Consortium is proud to highlight Kaleigh Soule from CalSAC's Leadership Development Institute 360°/365 fellowship. Kaleigh is a leader who has demonstrated unrivaled commitment to the field and drive for advanced leadership in the out-of-school time and early learning field.
Kaleigh Soule has been working for the Poway Unified School District’s Extended Student Services for the past eight years. Kaleigh has always had a passion for working with students and enriching their lives. She always knew she wanted to work with children and figured this was a perfect place to start. What began as a great job through college, has turned into a career that she loves. Kaleigh started as an aide and has worked her way up through ESS. She has been a Supervisor for the last three years. In her role, every single day is a new adventure. She loves everything from playing soccer on the field with the students, working on staff trainings and even managing the site budget.
As a Supervisor, Kaleigh is able to create a safe, positive, and educational environment for the students in her program. In addition, she loves that she can help ease parent’s minds as they are busy working to support their families. Kaleigh loves the management aspect of her job and finds the staff interaction to be just as enriching as the interactions with children. In her role, she is able to support staff as young adults, as they begin their journey into adulthood. Kaleigh’s favorite part of her job is planning summer camp because she can really use her creativity in collaboration with her staff to make sure the kids enjoy their time. This summer, she has planned a “Kidchella” day. The day will be filled with student and staff performances, a flower crown making station, and food stations, to name a few.
Kaleigh received her Bachelor’s Degree from Arizona State University in Family and Human Development. In 2017, she was named “Classified Employee of the Year” for Turtleback Elementary School. Recently, Kaleigh received a promotion to a much larger ESS site and is now the Supervisor at Stone Ranch Elementary School. Their program consists of 35 staff members and 240 students. She feels this new and exciting position is a great step in her career.
Kaleigh continues to strive to improve herself so that she can be a better leader for all. She hopes to learn at least one new thing every single day. She attends conferences, such as the National After School Conference, and is part of committees through Poway Unified School District which are aimed towards professional development and growth for the staff and the ESS program as a whole. Kaleigh feels education is a very fluid field and she must stay abreast of current trends to provide the best care possible for the children and families in her program. In her free time, Kaleigh loves working out, reading and shopping. She also enjoys spending time with her family, boyfriend, friends, and her dog, Lulu.