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Bring a friend and join us at Salem for our FREE Parent Empowerment Seminar! Childcare is provided.


Wednesday, September 26th, 6:30pm

Dr. Leslie Smith

Head of School, Orange Lutheran High School




 Wanting What’s Best In The Worst Way


Wanting what’s BEST for their sons and daughters, millions of moms and dads send their children to school each day with the hope and promise that education will improve the quality of their lives and lead to a bright and prosperous future.


Unfortunately, however, adolescents rate their stress level higher than any other age group, and it is significantly affecting their mental health, well-being, and emotional intelligence. Studies indicate that the achievement pressure students are experiencing from parents and schools to earn the best grades to get into “the best” colleges is producing the most anxious, stressed, and sleep-deprived generation ever.


Dr. Leslie Smith will share research and solutions on how together we can prepare our students to become healthy, strong, caring people who will thrive in college and life beyond graduation.


About our Speaker


Dr. Leslie Smith is leading the effort at Orange Lutheran High School to redefine the high school experience, a movement to change the culture of American education in response to the growing epidemic of depression and anxiety among adolescents today.

Already recognized in academic circles for her pioneering research on redefining the high school experience, Dr. Smith’s dissertation analyzed the relationship between mindset and psychological well-being among high achieving, college-bound students at private Christian high schools in Orange County, California.

As the recipient of the National Leadership Forum’s 2016 Growing Leaders Award, Dr. Smith was recognized for her work in cultivating a leadership culture on Orange Lutheran’s campus. In 2013, she was named the Administrator of the Year for the Pacific Southwest District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Additionally, she has published several articles and serves as an educational consultant and featured speaker around the country.

Dr. Smith earned both her doctorate and her bachelor's degree from Pepperdine University, and she holds a Master of Arts degree in Education: Curriculum and Instruction, K-12 as well as a professional clear multiple subject teaching credential.


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