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Clarissa de Leon

PhD Student, Education, Queen's University, Ontario

Clarissa de Leon is a teacher, researcher, and writer. She is currently completing her PhD at Queen’s University where she researches curriculum theory, literary experiences, cultural identity, and Filipino/a/x-Canadians. She was awarded the 2019 English Thesis Master's Research Award by the Language and Literacy Researchers of Canada for her thesis "'A Calm Arises': An anxious adolescent's experience of building self-compassion through aesthetic reading."

Her writing has appeared in The Ekphrastic Review and Key Concepts in Curriculum Studies: Perspectives on the Fundamentals. Clarissa lives in Kingston, Ontario, with her greyhound, Emilio.


  • 2019–2019
    Graduate Teaching Fellow, Queen's University, Faculty of Education
  • 2015–2019
    Teaching Assistant, Queen's University, Faculty of Education
  • 2018–2019
    Research Assistant, Queen's University, Faculty of Education
  • 2014–2016
    Teacher, Peel District School Board


  • 2017 
    Queen's University, Master of Education
  • 2013 
    Queen's University, Bachelor of Education
  • 2012 
    University of Toronto, Bachelor of Arts (Hons.)

Professional Memberships

  • Ontario College of Teachers