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Katherine Leavitt

Majored in Biology
Miami University , Class of 2018
From Eliot, Maine
One experience can make all the difference. As Director of Mission at a coastal marine science center, Kate works to provide inspiring, motivational experiences that are so impactful they actually shift a student or visitor's thinking, behaviors, and maybe even trajectory. Kate's own passion for marine biology was ignited by a singular, powerful moment, at age 10. In her case, a visually compelling story of a female marine biologist opened her eyes to a world of opportunity previously completely unknown. Kate's role at Seacoast Science Center is to develop marine science programs, lessons, events and experiences that foster transformative experiences for others. This unique type of novel learning can do more than inspire ocean stewardship and conservation, it can spark passion, curiosity and excitement. Museums, science centers, zoos, and aquariums play a special and critical role educating, sparking curiosity, and activating visitors. This work provides a window to a world of nature, conservation, and science that many have never experienced. These connections are so important. Kate's own desire for growth and inspiration is fed by her board participation in New England Ocean Science Education Collaborative, Gulf of Maine Marine Education Association, National Marine Educators Association and other regional groups. These experiences, while valuable personally and professionally, also nurture and strengthen a strong network of inspiring and innovative regional and national thinkers and doers. When not out knee-deep in a tide pool, you would likely find Kate harassing her children, traveling, hiking, skiing, gardening, or if absolutely necessary, exercising. Just kidding, she wouldn't be exercising.
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Katherine Leavitt Awarded Degree from Miami University

Katherine Leavitt of Eliot was among more than 1,000 students from Miami University who received degrees during fall commencement exercises Friday, December 14, 2018, at Millett Hall. Leavitt grad...

February, 04 2019 - Verified by Miami University
Kate Leavitt from Miami University's Project Dragonfly publishes original work

Eliot, Maine, resident Kate Leavitt from Miami University's Project Dragonfly has published an original article titled "Touch Tank Scientists: Diving Deeper with Inquiry" in Current, the journal fo...

February, 04 2019 - Verified by Miami University
Conservation leader Katherine Leavitt finishing master's studies

Eliot, Maine, resident Katherine Leavitt has been applying the tools of science, education and conservation to become a leader in the conservation community. In mid-December 2018, Leavitt is expect...

December, 11 2018 - Verified by Miami University
Eliot, Maine, resident Katherine Leavitt to study in Australia

Eliot, Maine, resident Katherine Leavitt, a current master's student in the Global Field Program (GFP) from Miami University's Project Dragonfly, will travel to Australia in July 2018. Leavitt will...

June, 28 2018 - Verified by Miami University
Eliot, Maine, resident Katherine Leavitt to study in Belize

Eliot, Maine, resident Katherine Leavitt, a master's student in the Global Field Program from Miami University's Project Dragonfly, will travel to Belize in July 2016. Leavitt will study coral reef...

July, 01 2016 - Verified by Miami University
Katherine Leavitt accepted into master's degree program through Miami University's Project Dragonfly

Eliot, Maine (03903), resident Katherine Leavitt was recently accepted into the Global Field Program (GFP) and will be taking classes toward a Master of Arts degree in Biology from Miami Universit...

May, 17 2016 - Verified by Miami University
Eliot, Maine, resident Katherine Leavitt to study in Baja

Eliot, Maine, resident Katherine Leavitt, a master's student in the Global Field Program from Miami University's Project Dragonfly, will travel to Baja in summer 2015. Leavitt will study the divers...

May, 29 2015 - Verified by Miami University
Gulf of Maine Marine Education Association (GOMMEA)
President, 2014-2016. GOMMEA is a regional network of educators committed to creating connections between educators, scientists, and the community to better understand the Gulf of Maine. I've been on the Board since 2009, and a member of our national organization since 2003. You can check us out at www.gommea.org
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New England Ocean Science Education Collaborative
Chair-elect, 2018 Governing Council, 2010-present. The New England Ocean Science Education Collaborative (NEOSEC) is a diverse networked collaboration of more than forty institutions from across New England, including aquariums, museums, universities, government entities and science and research centers. NEOSECs mission and collective purpose are to leverage New Englands extraordinary assets, to engage the public in understanding the vital connections between people and the ocean.
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Director of Mission at Seacoast Science Center

As Director of Mission, I manage the Centers educational, interpretive and programmatic staff, aligning mission with educational philosophy and practice. This foundational responsibility is broken down into two components: driving vision of the education teams' mission and practice, and working externally with regional partners through collaborative projects, grants, and networks.

This position directly supervises the Centers education team: Program Manager (Camp Director), School and Group Programs Manager, and Visitor Services Manager, providing vision and support in development and implementation of all curriculum, training, and evaluation. Today, over 80,000 visitors and over 25,000 students participate in Center programs each year, including hands-on exploratory programs, classroom outreaches, and distance learning sessions.

Daily responsibilities include:

-Supervision of SSC Education department, including Camps, Visitor Services, and School/Group Programs

-Provide vision and support in all curriculum, training, and evaluation development and implementation

-Identify, oversee, and ensure compliance of grants and externally funded projects

-Nurture and maintain strategic network partnerships

February 2016 - Present

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