Aleisha Allen is a former child actress, who was the voice behind the “Side Table Drawer” on the children’s television series “Blues Clues”, and who gained popularity when she was cast in blockbuster movies such as “School of Rock” and “Are We There Yet ?”
Early life and family
Aleisha LaNaé Allen was born on April 28, 1991 in The Bronx, New York City, USA, to Otis and Angela LaNaé Allen. She is of African American descent and has a younger brother called Omari. Not much has been written about her family and early life, but she said in her Instagram post that growing up she learned that she could do and be anything she wanted to be.
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Essentially, I’ve been working from home and tutoring my students via telepractice since the outbreak shutdown began. In a few days I will be physically back to work, as “essential”, to treat my own patients in another facility. If you want to know, here’s what I’ve noticed: it’s incredibly difficult to define large groups and make decisions, as we’ve seen through the many attempts from the ethical perspectives of leaders/philosophers over the centuries (Kant, Bentham, etc.). It is also incredibly easy to criticize those who have been put in charge of these delegations; largely because of the language they use. The point of the matter is that we are all “essential”; especially in regards to containing this thing. We all have a job within this network that will make or break the outcomes. The situation calls us to recalibrate and adjust ourselves, for our own “greater good”. This is not the time to retaliate for the sake of rebellion (despite our opinion of those running the delegation); the moral conditions are different this time. Since most of us are not openly seated at this table right now, all we can do is contain ourselves. So, as an individual “essential” acknowledging her part of a larger system, I will continue to use my judgment wisely while also prioritizing compassion. Happy Sunday. Stay safe 😘 #labcoatleisha #onetimeforthebx
Another thing she said she was taught was to prioritize the concepts of giving back and prepaying; sharing her blessings was her responsibility, whether she liked it or not. She rarely talked about her parents and only greeted them in 2014 at the age of 24e birthday.
She graduated from Professional Performing Arts High School in 2009, with musical theater as her major. During her senior year, she decided to change direction and go to college full-time as she wanted to make the transition into adulthood away from the limelight. She said she felt she had worked hard enough to afford the college experience, and thought she wouldn’t be able to enjoy it the same way she did later on.
Aleisha graduated from Pace University in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in communication sciences and disorders. In January 2013, she received her certification in Teaching Students with Speech Language Disabilities (TSSLD) from the New York City Department of Education. In August 2015, she also attended the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) Training and Certification Workshop.
In 2016, she received her Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders – Speech-Language Pathology from Teachers College, Columbia University. She also received her Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallow (FFES) certification from Boston Medical Center and also received her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) in 2017. She received certification for completing ventilator, lung and tracheostomy training in February 2018 at the Critical Care Training Center. Aleisha now has MS, CCC-SLP to her credit.
Aleisha actually started working at the early age of three, does modeling for print and TV ads. Her first television work was at the age of six, although people wouldn’t know what she looked like because she was the voice behind the “Side Table Drawer” in Nickelodeon’s “Blues Clues.” Her character in this educational children’s television series was in the animation portion of the show, and it’s where the main character, Steve, kept what he called his handy elegant notebook that he needed in every game, to find the clues left behind by the blue-spotted dog named Blue. It premiered on September 8, 1996 in the US, was a huge hit and ran for six seasons with 143 episodes.
The show received nine Emmy Awards nominations and won a Peabody Award in 2001. Her voice was also heard in the video games ‘Blue’s Clues’.
She was also cast in another children’s television series, Playhouse Disney’s “Out of the Box”, which premiered on October 7, 1998 and ran for three seasons with 82 episodes, and in which Aleisha was able to act and not just be a voice actor. Sesame Street’s direct-to-video special, “Elmo’s Magic Cookbook” in 2001 also featured Aleisha Allen – it later aired on the Food Network channel.
The first feature film she was part of was “The Best Man” in 1999, in the small role of a flower girl.
In 2003, she was one of the backup singers named “Alicia Brace Face” in the comedy movie “The School of Rock”. This Jack Black starrer from Paramount Pictures grossed over $130 million against a $35 million budget and received positive reviews from critics.
Her next project was the comedy film “Are We There Yet?”, in which she played the role of stuck-up 11-year-old Lindsey Kingston, who along with her brother try to break up their divorced mother’s relationship with Nick Persons, played by Ice Cube. to sabotage. . It was released in January 2005 with a production budget of over $30 million and grossed nearly $100 million worldwide. With the box office success of the film, it was not surprising that a sequel was made – “Are We Done Yet?” was released in 2007 and the story began two years after the events of the first film. Aleisha was cast in the same role, but the sequel didn’t do as well as the first, grossing $60 million worldwide.
It was 2010 when she had her next project in a television series, an episode in ‘The Electric Company’, followed by a brief appearance in the comedy drama film ‘Young Adult’, starring Charlize Theron. Her last work was in the horror-thriller film “You’re Nobody ’til Somebody Kills You”, in 2012.
After completing her MS degree in Communication Studies, she worked at the Thrive and Shine Speech and Language Pathology (January 2017-February 2018) providing speech and language therapy to clients at home and in the clinic. She then headed the Speech-Language Pathology Department of the Acute Rehabilitation Unit at Methodist Hospital in Southern California, where she worked for nearly two years.
Happy September 🤗 pic.twitter.com/CDQHgM8wiI
— Aleisha LaNae’ Allen (@AleishaLaNae) September 25, 2019
Her work as a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) has included evaluating, planning, and conducting language intervention or therapy for both children and adults with speech, voice, and other communication disorders or disabilities.
She started as a clinical instructor and supervisor at Teacher’s College in January 2020.
She is 28 years old and is currently single – there is no news that she is dating anyone today, but she reportedly dated 20-year-old actor, Tahj Mowrie, when she was 15 in 2006 but they split in 2007. They were both in the movie “Are We Done Yet?” Some reports even had her dating Tahj in 2003. Another dating rumor was that she dated her “Are We There Yet?” co-star, Philip Bolden, who was 10 at the time of filming!
Interesting facts and rumours
- When she was young, keeping her grades up was part of the deal she made to continue her “hobby” of performing or acting.
- The Professional Performing Arts High School Class of 2009 gave Aleisha the “Best Dressed” award.
- She is allergic to dogs according to her Instagram post.
- Her favorite metal is gold because it is timeless, healing and refined for her.
- After graduating with her master’s degree, she still attended her primary/high schools in her full regalia, not to show off, but as a testimony to the teachers and staff who had helped her reach this milestone in her life.
- Aleisha was a speaker at the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) Convention in Orlando, Florida in 2019. She shared her experience as a professional early in her career, from actress to speech therapist
- Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, she has been working from home and guiding her students through telepractices. However, according to her Instagram post, she would also consult with her clients in person.
Aleisha is 1.68 m tall, weighs about 57 kg and her vital statistics are 34‑24‑32. She has dark brown hair and dark brown eyes.
Wealth and salary
It had been a while since her last film or television project as she focused on her studies and then her work as a speech therapist. Her income from past and current work is not disclosed, but sources estimate her net value as of early 2020 nearly $2 million.