Leahey, Lena

My name is Lena Leahey and I teach Special Education at Tippin Elementary School. I have lived in El Paso all of my life. I graduated from UTEP in 1991 with a Bachelor degree in Education with a Special Education endorsement. I have been a teacher in EPISD for nineteen years. My first job as a special education teacher was at Whitaker Elementary School as a PLC 1 teacher. After seven years, I transferred to Kohlberg as a PLC 1 teacher and soon became the districts 1st SLU teacher working with students with severe Autism.

When my third creation was turning two she had recurrent ear infections and I chose to stay home with my daughter. Three years later I had another little creation which kept me home four more years.

I have four children that range in age from 24, 22, 17 and 12 years old. My 12 year old is a 7th grader at Hornedo. I enjoy gardening with plants that attract birds and butterflies, taking pictures, reading, walking out in the desert and taking trips with my family. A good book and hot cocoa on a cold day or taking a bubble bath and having a pajama day are pretty high on the list as well. Watching the best games in baseball, basketball and yes, even football is fun and exciting for me. 

Ms. Elsa has been my assistant for the past 6 years and she has worked for the district for 15 years. She has experience working with different age groups as well as CRC II students. Elsa has a wonderful sense of creativity that we all get to enjoy. She has a son in the fifth grade that attends Tippin as well.

Ms. Lupe has been my assistant for 7 years working in both the CRC I and CRC II classrooms. Ms. Lupe has worked for EPISD for 20 years. 

Without both Ms. Elsa's and Ms. Lupe's assistance and dedication I would not be able to do the work needed to educate my students.

I have worked at Tippin for 9 years in both the CRC 1 and CRC 2 units. I have always wanted to be a special needs teacher since I was a young girl. I am grateful that I have the ability to continue to work with special needs children. I enjoy my job and the challenges it brings.

Many students have passed through our doors and they have taught us how to be better teachers.  I believe in lowering the rope so that all children feel successful. Please feel free to contact me if you should have any questions about the Community Readiness Class II here at Tippin Elementary School. 


My preparation period is from 1:00-1:45 daily. Please call the school to set up an appointment at 915-585-4750.