Leonardine Pacombe is originally from Massachusetts. She moved to Washington, DC, in August of 2007 to join the Two Rivers community. Leonardine has a Masters of Science in Educational Counseling and a Bachelors of Science in Accounting and Organizational Behavior from Northeastern University and Boston College, respectively.
Leonardine has over ten years of professional experience in youth development. After receiving her undergraduate degree in 1996, Leonardine accepted a position at Partners for Youth with Disabilities, Young Entrepreneurs Project. As the Project Coordinator, Leonardine taught a business course that incorporated aspects of daily living to students in special education. In 1999, she received the Teacher of the Year award from the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship for her innovative work in and outside of the classroom.
Upon graduating from Northeastern University in 2001, Leonardine worked at the Cambridge Housing Authority Work Force Youth Program as their Site Manager/ Teacher/Counselor. Leonardine wore many hats at the Work Force. In addition to overseeing the day to day operations of the site/staff, Leonardine co-designed/taught a multi-level Life Skills curriculum and conducted individual/ group counseling.
During Leonardine’s spare time, she enjoys volunteering. In 2003 Leonardine received the governor’s Points of Light Award from Governor Mitt Romney for her exemplary service in mentoring youth with disabilities. Since her move to DC, Leonardine has enjoyed building up her frequent flyer miles. She enjoys traveling internationally and her most recent trip was to Zambia, Africa. Her most memorable moment during the trip was visiting Victoria Falls. It is one of the seven wonders of the world.
Since her move to DC, Leonardine has invested her energy to positively shaping the social emotional development of the Two Rivers student body.