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Kelly Leavitt Receives 2016 Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award

Kelly Leavitt, Instructor of English at MBU with students in the Library
Kelly Leavitt

Kelly Leavitt, Instructor of English

Kelly Leavitt, an instructor of English at Missouri Baptist University, is the recipient of the 2016 Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award.

Emerson, which has its world headquarters in St. Louis, has sponsored this program since 1989 as part of its commitment to promote quality education throughout the St. Louis area.

This is the only public recognition event of its kind in the state of Missouri.

At MBU, Leavitt daily invests in the lives of her students as she imparts her knowledge and passion for the English language.

Leavitt has worked at MBU since 2010.

“It is quickly evident to anyone who meets Leavitt that she has a heart for her students to grow in their worldview, and she works daily to cultivate that passion,” said Dr. Arlen Dykstra, MBU provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. “Kelly Leavitt has a unique ability to identify to cultivate the unique talents of each of her students.”

Leavitt’s impact at MBU transcends the classroom. She regularly leads MBU students on short-term travel study opportunities. This summer Leavitt will be guiding students throughout Ireland as the group studies Irish literature and culture.

Leavitt holds a master of arts in Comparative Literature from University College in London and a bachelor’s degree in English from Samford University. In 2013, she earned a certificate in teaching English to speakers of other languages (CELTA).