Leita is an educator and a consultant to public and private organizations worldwide. The first twenty-eight years of Leita’s career was served as a K-12 educator, administrator and facilitator. During this time, Leita received a Most Improved Elementary School: Principal’s Award from the Superintendent of Public Instruction. She trained and designed courses in culture, technology, college readiness, English, and creative and inventive thinking. Her Culturally Sensitive Instructional Model is still in use today in many schools. Her travels to Europe and Asia, as an educator and facilitator, have ensured her dedication to serve in an international capacity.
Leita specializes in the facilitation of long term systemic change, change management, diversity awareness, employee participation, employee satisfaction, and grant writing. Her present work as a board member with ArtsEd Washington and various community connections display her passion for her community. Leita’s notable work includes serving as a co-facilitator for the County of Alameda, CA: General Services Agency, a designer, trainer of materials and curriculum for teachers in St. Petersburg, Russia, and Grant Manager of a $165,000 Bill and Melinda Gates education grant.
Leita received her undergraduate degree from Western Washington University, her Master’s degree from Seattle Pacific University, and her principal’s certification from Seattle Pacific University. She has also served as an adjunct instructor for Western Washington University, Seattle Pacific University, and Pacific Lutheran University in the field of education.
She lives in the Puget Sound area, close to family and friends. She has two grown daughters and two grandchildren. She loves dragon boat racing, the hand arts, bicycling as a unified partner for adults in the Special Olympics, and travel.