Raised in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City, José Leonor serves as a search consultant for Clover Search Works, a firm specializing in nonprofits. Prior to that, José served as Thaden School's founding Director of Middle School. José came to Thaden School from The Bishop's School and was also a member of the faculty during the founding years of the Pacific Ridge School, both located in Southern California. Throughout his career, José has taught middle and upper school French, Spanish, English, and film. He holds a bachelor's degree in comparative literature from Princeton University and a master's degree from Teachers College, Columbia University.