Dr. Monita Leavitt
Dr. Monita Leavitt has been an educator for more than 30 years, including 20 years as a gifted education teacher. In 2002, she was granted a sabbatical to begin doctoral studies in England. After several summers working with teachers in Lithuania, she became interested in helping teachers there to stop the 'brain drain' of bright students moving to countries with better education systems. She trained teachers in strategies to better address the needs of gifted pupils.
Upon her return to America, Monita noticed a 'brain drain' in public schools in Connecticut as well. She stopped teaching to start a new career as a consultant, and now works training teachers in how to differentiate instruction to benefit all children, while providing challenges and motivation to bright children at the same time.
Monita received her Ph.D. from Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, England, her B.A. at Moravian College, Pennsylvania, and her M.S. at Central Connecticut State University, England. She has been published in educational journals and magazines, and has also presented at the National Gifted Conferences, including the 2001 World Gifted Conference in Barcelona.
She lives in Connecticut where she is a gifted coordinator, teacher, and consultant.
Monita Leavitt, Ph.D., is a teacher and international consultant from Connecticut who has over 20 years experience teaching gifted students. Monita has presented at the National, Asia-Pacific, and World Gifted Conferences; is listed in Who's Who of International Educators, and represented the Northeast and Gifted Education for the National Board of Professional Teachers Standards (2007). Monita has published in educational journals, and is author of Building a Gifted Program: Identifying and Educating Gifted Students in Your School. In 2009, Monita received the Benigna Education Award from Moravian College.