Hello my name is Leonard (Len) LaRose and I am excited to be working as an EC teacher at Koontz Intermediate. This is my third year of teaching, and my first year of teaching in the state of North Carolina. My prior teaching experience was in Tennessee, where I taught 8th grade. Prior to teaching I worked for the federal government in law enforcement. Following my federal career, I decided to become a teacher and attended The University of Memphis where I obtained a Master of Arts in Teaching degree in 2014. I also have a second Master of Arts degree in criminology and Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology. My hobbies include hiking, backpacking, gardening, reading and watching old movies. I am fortunate to be able to share my life with my wonderful wife, Joy, and my terrific son, Sam. I receive my greatest pleasure sharing my experiences with students, and learning about their worlds by listening to them as they share their own.