• Founder & CEO

    Letitia Zwickert

    letitia@menteechicago.org

    Founder & CEO

    Letitia Zwickert holds an MA in International Relations and a MAED in Secondary Education. Among her many experiences, Letitia was a researcher with the European Parliament on defense and security issues, and worked at Harvard University on an EU grant. She is the first K-12 educator to receive a Fulbright-Schuman Scholar award, which gave her the opportunity to develop and carry out research and policy work on best practices in education for migrant, refugee, and underserved youth in Europe, in 2016. Letitia is also a current Fulbright Specialist in Education for 2017-2020. Her volunteer work as an Education Advisor for the International Outreach Council for the University of Illinois supports educators throughout the state, and helps bridge the gap between k-12 and higher ed. Letitia is also a Transatlantic Core Group Fellow with the BMW Foundation, and contributed to the development of a Connected Cities program between the US and Germany to foster civil society networks and focus on those who are unconnected or underrepresented. As a BMW Responsible Leader, Letitia works to promote SDG goals within and outside of the network. As a writer for Education Week’s Global Ed blog, Letitia helps advance the K-12 teaching profession. In 2017, Letitia presented her philosophy of “Engaged Teaching” to the OECD’s Education Team at their headquarters in Paris, and in May of 2018 she represented the US education system in New Brunswick at the OECD’s 4th Policy Forum on SEL for immigrant and refugee students. In November of 2018 Letitia was invited by the UN to the UNAOC's Global Forum as a member of the Plural+ International Jury, a film festival devoted to fighting xenophobia and promoting diversity. Letitia has devoted her life’s work to the supporting and fostering of local and global connections, understanding, and action to create lasting, positive change. Letitia is a second career, full-time high school social studies teacher, and mom of three children, ages 17, 15, and 5.