LeAnita Garner
Math Instructional Leadership Coach | Chicago Collaborative

LeAnita is a partner and guide for teachers and school leaders who uses her experiences in and out of the classroom to make schools more equitable. She works to build teacher capacity and understanding of instructional practices as it relates to Common Core State Standards and shifts for math as an Instructional Leadership Coach at Leading Educators.

LeAnita’s “Why”

In a conversation with an academic advisor as an undergraduate student considering career options, LeAnita was given a list of possibilities followed by the phrase, “if you graduate.” That “if” was the first time that a teacher expressed something other than encouragement. It was the first time that a teacher did not believe in her ability to set and achieve a goal. That “if” set into motion a series of events that led LeAnita to the classroom.  

As an educator, she has always believed in the importance of ensuring that her students felt seen and heard and were empowered to see themselves as worthy and capable. She carried this thinking into her classroom every day, as well as the determination to provide the best possible educational experience for her students. LeAnita envisions classrooms, schools, systems, and a society that sees the potential in all children and works tirelessly to provide equitable opportunities for them to reach their potential.

LeAnita’s Journey

Before joining Leading Educators, LeAnita provided targeted, individualized coaching supports for new teachers in schools within the Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL) network of Chicago Public Schools.  Her role as a Network Turnaround Coach focused on establishing positive school and classroom culture and promoting the development of effective classroom instructional and management skills. The role evolved into Network Instructional Coach, supporting teachers, teacher leaders, and school leaders in deepening their understanding of standards aligned instruction for math through coaching support and professional development.  Prior to her work at AUSL, LeAnita was a primary and intermediate classroom teacher with Atlanta Public Schools and more recently at the University of Chicago Charter School-Donoghue Campus.

LeAnita holds a B.S. in Early Childhood Development from Northern Illinois University and a M.A.Ed in Instructional Leadership from Argosy University.

She lives in Chicago, Il, with her husband Eric and son Logan and spends her free time exploring Chicago for and through the eyes of her toddler, binge-watching shows on Netflix, and occasionally cozying up with a good book.

Fun-fact: LeAnita has aspirations of being a contestant on Wheel of Fortune!