Chalita Laurent is from New Orleans, Louisiana. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Loyola University of New Orleans in Elementary Education and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of New Orleans. She also completed the School Leadership Center Fellows Program. Her certifications include: Academically Gifted, Regular Education, and Reading Specialist. She has previously worked as a Gifted Resource Teacher and Regular Education Teacher. She became an educator to touch the lives of young children in a positive way and to inspire them to believe in themselves. She has been an educator for 29 years.