Episode #188: Dr. Levatta Levels

Dana GoodierOut of the Trenches Podcast

It’s not about the role, it’s about the goal. Click To TweetDr. Levels has served many professional and civic organizations, including Delegate to the Texas Democratic Convention representing Senate District 23, DeSoto Chamber of Commerce Board, Leadership Southwest Board, Big Brothers Big Sisters Southern Region Board, University of North Texas Exes Board, and the University of North Texas Advisory Council.

She is active with the Texas Association of School Administrators, National Council of Negro Women, Parent Teacher Association, UNT Trailblazers, Texas Counseling Association, Texas Association of Black School Educators, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated, and the Zeta Eta Alumnae Association.

Dr. Levels earned an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Texas A&M University-Commerce.  She earned both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Education with a focus on Education Administration from the University of North Texas and completed the Superintendent Certification program with the University of Houston-Victoria. She is most proud of her two children Leah and Lofton and granddaughter London.

Trench story: School district made decisions around positions. Trying time. Tried to allow input from everyone. Needed to best serve paret, t’s. budget allocations for the next year. Re-alligned budget items. Was very transparent.

Tell me about work with (Higher Levels Educational Group) HLEG? Is it just for ppl who work in higher ed? She works with private industry. Started in 2006. Mentored principals in TX education assn. She still does that work. Individuals who want to craft goals, see progress, she assists in the progress.  Can tell a story about a current superintendent she has helped. Was hired to mentor leaders across the state of TX. Worked with a TX educational agency for 8 years. Still works with 100’s of leaders. Works with HS/MS on scheduling. Executive mentoring w/ superintendents. Reflective practices. Many thought partners are currently sitting supt. Also self-employed people. Has a knowledgeable team.

She co-authored Power of Kingdom Mindset How would it help leaders who are of faith? It’s your story about discipline as a 1st year principal. It’s around discipline. In book she shared 15 diff stories. More leadership/inspiration Around her work as ES principal. Great for motivation, inspiration. Allows one to read & glean from. Helps overcome obstacles. Stories from many women about their different roles. It’s ok to take care of yourself. Her author name is ELLE DEAN. (amazon link)

Moving from superintendency to working with college students. Students are students, learners are learners. It’s a transferable skill. You understand it. Conduct officer, she works with code of conduct violations, complaints. Physical altercations, assaults. She wants students to participate in decision making. Maintains positive relationships. Mental health, emergency response. Much the same as asst. superintendent. principal, etc. Almost like a principal at college. Pres at college is a lot more executive. It’s not about the role, it’s about the goal. She ensured parents were involved. Had the same opportunities as at school. Constantly collaborating across college.  They have students from ages 16-80+.

Community, precinct chair. Is on county elections advisory committee-how elections are administered, was appointed for 2 yrs. Her sorority ensures they look at their work, actions, behaviors, etc. and focus on the community, elected positions. In the last 10 years has been involved with voter registration. Registered 500 HS St’s.  Huge proponent of voter registration. She is from O’Cliff, an urban area in Dallas, so she went to that area to get ppl engaged. Also conducted school board elections for 15 yrs. Became election judge when done working in K-12. Some centers outside her area were closed. Worked w/ a variety of orgs around her area. Several events in the next few weeks.

Could talk about shifts in the past few years and how we could make it. Dallas is blue in the middle of the red sea. Still haven’t healed from the ‘21 ice storm. Power grid. There’s still pushback, will be always. Ft. Worth-purple county. They need ppl to show up for early voting. Most of Dallas leadership are Democrats. Assist across the political lines when it comes to school budgets, crime, etc.. Do mail-in ballots. Recent legislation has limited voter opportunities, id requirements.

Key quotes…IS a life-long educator, passion is education. #2 family/community service. Whole family was/is educators. Through HLEG is avail.

Find Levatta online: Higher Levels Educational Group email alllevels@yahoo.com

Facebook @Higher Levels Educational WebChat Group 

Twitter @3lllevels

Higher Levels Educational Group – Time to Elevate

View this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/VOIo1dlW4Ac

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