M. Ann Levett has been as a professional educator for over 30 years. She has served as Deputy Director and Executive Director of the School Development Program (SDP). In addition to managing all aspects of the SDP, she coordinated the SDP’s university partnerships and managed its federal grants.
Prior to coming to the SDP, Dr. Levett served as Chair of the Masters in Educational Leadership and Principal Licensure programs at Antioch University McGregor in Yellow Springs, Ohio and in the positions of interim superintendent, deputy superintendent, assistant superintendent, secondary principal, assistant principal, and special education teacher.
Dr. Levett has served as a school board member for New Haven Public Schools and a board member for two charter schools. In addition, she served as a National Review Panelist and Site Visitor for the National Blue Ribbon Schools (National Schools of Excellence) program for more than 12 years. Dr. Levett is actively involved in her community, and she has received numerous awards for her work as a school leader and community activist. A few of the organizations with which she is or has been affiliated in a leadership capacity include Junior Achievement, Girl Scouts USA, Boy Scouts USA, National Business and Professional Women, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Phi Delta Kappa, Zonta International, Education's Leadership Georgia, and Leadership Savannah.
Dr. Levett has been a speaker for state and national conferences, and she serves as an educational consultant for school districts, community organizations, and other entities. She has created and conducted leadership development academies for principals, aspiring administrators, and parents in addition to programs designed to address behavior management issues and special education concerns.
Dr. Levett's research interests include minority student achievement, leadership development, and instructional leadership. Her most recent publication is the chapter, “Performance Management: The Principal's First Priority” in Dynamic Instructional Leadership to Support Student Learning and Development: The Field Guide to Comer Schools in Action.
Dr. Levett earned a B.S. in Speech and Language Pathology from Armstrong State College. She also earned a Masters degree in Special Education, a Masters degree in Public Administration, and an Education Specialist degree in Educational Administration from Georgia Southern University. Dr. Levett earned her doctorate in Educational Administration at the University of Georgia in 1992. In addition to her formal studies, she has participated in leadership development programs at Harvard University, Vanderbilt University, the University of Delaware, the University of California, San Diego, and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.