“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Dreams Abroad Director
Leesa Truesdell is a passionate advocate for helping others achieve their goals and dreams. She has dedicated her career to the public sector and is focused on serving others. She has enjoyed the good fortune of working with some of the country’s leaders in state and federal governments, education, and nonprofit sectors. Leesa is currently working as a director for Dreams Abroad, in addition to teaching English online. On Fridays, you can find her hosting the online 24-hour Global Foodie Friends discussion. Leesa is the founder and creator of Global Foodie Friends, which connects people from different cultures through food.
Leesa trained as an International Student Advisor at Florida State University, where she assisted foreign students with course enrollment, employment, and traveling while living in the United States. She assisted hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students while they studied in the USA. Her most recent position abroad, an English teacher in Spain, gave her the opportunity to shape the futures of over 500 Spanish teenagers aiming to be proficient in English and interested to learn about American culture. Prior to living in Spain, she served in the Florida legislature, providing research and analysis on public policy initiatives. She frequently served as a policy advisor and, to gain background and perspective, would meet with community leaders and stakeholders throughout the state.
Leesa attributes her success and inspiration in public service to the many mentors she has had in the “chapters” of her life. She believes that each person has taught her valuable lessons, has always learned from making mistakes, and bounces back more resilient than ever… a viewpoint that encapsulates her secret to success!
Leesa Truesdell launched the Teach Abroad interview series and the Dreams Abroad website to showcase the stories of her colleagues and friends while teaching abroad. Over the past few years, she has found that her life has been enriched by embracing the uncertainty of living abroad. However, as she puts it, the experience has forced her to “step out of [her] comfort zone.” One of the website’s themes is that everyone in life is doing the best they can with what they have, no matter where they are located.