Works to Elevate Education of Children
Dr. Leslie Strasser Murdock is devoted to working with parents, teachers and children to create the best education for each child. As the educational liaison between the Clark County Department of Family Services and the Clark County School District, she brings her own education, training and experience, which encompass several fields.
Dr. Murdock is the owner and CEO of ELM Educational Consulting. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in sociology with an elementary teaching certification from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Dr. Murdock has a Master of Arts in learning disabilities from Columbia University, her doctorate in educational psychology and a Juris Doctor from the Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is also an adjunct professor at the Boyd School of Law and Nevada State College.
“I have always wanted to be a teacher or a lawyer and I didn’t know which career path to take since I love both education and the law,” Dr. Murdock said. “I found a way to merge the two.”
Born in Canada, her family moved to a surrounding island in Seattle. After obtaining her undergraduate degree, her plan was to become a teacher. However, she was also influenced by her grandmother, a Holocaust survivor. “For years I encouraged her to tell her story and what she lived through so we never forget and history never repeats itself,” she explained. “She was an amazing person who offered me unconditional love and always encouraged me.”
Active in the Jewish and Holocaust survivor community, the Holocaust Center for Humanity (formerly the Washington State Holocaust Center) had launched and asked Dr. Murdock to do an outreach program statewide. She left the classroom and worked on this project for five years.
Dr. Murdock continued her journey as a teacher in an elementary school specializing in special education as well as obtaining her masters degree. She would witness students who were struggling and knew they deserved more, attempting to advocate for them but meeting resistance from the administration. Dr. Murdock became passionate about getting the best education for all students as well as maximizing their educational success.
“Education is the key to the future and the more we can give kids access to their education and open up the door for the future is the best thing we can do for the next generation,” she explained.
It was family that brought Dr. Murdock to Las Vegas. Then she learned that the University of Nevada, Las Vegas was one of the few universities in the country to offer a joint program to earn both a doctorate and juris doctorate and the credits would transfer between both programs. She continued her passion with her additional education to address issues of education and law.
With her own consulting firm, one of her biggest clients is the Department of Family Services for Clark County. She is the educational liaison between the agency and the Clark County School District. Dr. Murdock represents foster children to insure they are receiving the education they are entitled to under the law. She also represents parents, teachers and other clients in an advisory capacity bringing all parties together for the best interest of the child in terms of receiving an education.
She credits her family, including her two daughters that have encouraged her in pursuing her love of learning and advocating for children.
“If there is something you are incredibly passionate about, don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it,” Dr. Murdock advises. “You can make it work, meet different people, find out what your opportunities are and never give up. For me, this is the most rewarding career.” Dr. Leslie Strasser Murdock is truly a Fearless Female.