Leanne Lawrence is an educator and an advocate who believes that dialogue is fundamental in the crusade against apathy, abuse and intolerance. She is an award-winning poet, an animated speaker and a gifted storyteller. Born in Upstate New York, she has lived and taught in Gainesville since 2001. She sits on the Board of Directors of The Alachua County Coalition Against Human Trafficking, and works closely with local law enforcement and child advocacy groups. She is a dedicated animal rescuer and community activist.
This, her first book, was written to celebrate the tenacity of the human spirit. She strives to reveal the truth behind the crime, and empower the human being who has become ‘the criminal.’ As a teacher in the Criminal Justice System for more than two decades, her goal is to provide a mirror for her students to enable them to “see what she sees:” just how beautiful and intelligent and capable they truly are.
According to Leanne, she has the best job in the world.