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About Leslie

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Leslie Priscilla Arreola-Hillenbrand is a first generation non-Black Chicana mother to three bicultural children. She is a descendant of Indigenous Tarahumara Rarámuri and Spanish lineages who has resided on occupied Tongva and Acjachemen land, also known as Orange County, CA, all of her life. Leslie shares her medicine by offering coaching, workshops, support, and advocacy for Latinx/Chicanx families locally, nationally, and internationally both in-person and online via the Latinx Parenting organization. She founded this bilingual organization and movement intentionally rooted in children's rights, social and racial justice, the individual and collective practice of nonviolence and reparenting, intergenerational and ancestral healing, cultural sustenance, and the active decolonization of oppressive practices in our families.

Leslie has facilitated in-person groups in both Spanish and English for thousands of parents, teachers, and professionals in schools, transitional homes, teen shelters, Wraparound programs, drug rehabilitation centers, and family resource centers throughout Orange County, CA and now world-wide virtually.

Leslie has been working on laying down the roots of her vision for well beyond the 13 years since she began working with children and families. Her love of her culture and her people began in childhood, and though her insights, wisdom, and knowledge base are not limited to the education and experience listed below, she has consistently attempted to absorb and share the knowledge that will nurture and nourish the wellness of families and communities for generations to come. Above all, and just like you, Leslie is a forever student of life who is always reflecting, learning, and growing in order to become the highest and most evolved version of herself (her Future Abuelita Self) for the benefit of the collective and the planet.

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FUN FACTS

Leslie’s fourth child is her dog Luna Nueva.
Leslie does not know how to twerk so please don’t ask.
Leslie’s fourth child is her dog Luna Nueva.
Leslie makes Inner Child collages.
Leslie went to Catholic School from K-12.
In a past life, Leslie was probably a jester in the Aztec court.

Professional Experience:

  • Former Programs Intern, Friendly Center, Orange
  • Former Early Childhood (Preschool) Teacher 
  • Former School District 1:1 Behavioral Coach for Preschool & Elementary-aged Children
  • Former Parent Educator, Community Partnership Coordinator, & Interim Director for the Orange County Child Abuse Prevention Center (now the Priority Center)
  • Former Manager of Youth & Professional Programs NAMI Orange County
  • Consultant & Lead Facilitator for the Dads Matter Program, Children’s Bureau Orange County

Certifications:

  • Child Development Master Teacher Certification (California)
  • Certified Family Life Educator, National Council on Family Relations
  • Positive Discipline Association Certification
  • Community Parent Education (C.O.P.E.) Certification
  • Supporting Fatherhood Involvement Certification (SFI)
  • NAMI Provider Education, NAMI Peer-to-Peer, NAMI Family-to-Family, NAMI Parents & Teachers as Allies Certifications
  • Compartiendo Esperanza Certification
  • Seeking Safety Certification
  • Trauma-Informed Nonviolent Parenting Certification

Education:

  • A.A. Early Childhood Education (Orange Coast College)
  • B.A. Child Development & Family Studies (CSU Long Beach)
  • B.A. Family Life Education (CSU Long Beach)
  • Masters in Social Work (On hold, CSU Fullerton)
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Reclaiming Ourselves.
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