Dr. Davita Lancelin

Vice President of Services


Dr. Davita Lancelin is the Vice President of Services at the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching. With more than two decades of experience in strengthening teacher effectiveness and student outcomes through school, district, and state-level partnerships, Davita brings strategic leadership to the organization's goal of strengthening and expanding state, district, and school partnerships. In addition, she ensures NIET produces quality services to maximize partner outcomes.

In her most recent positions, Davita was the executive director of service operations and supported Louisiana districts and schools through the LA BOLD Teacher Incentive Fund Grant. Before joining the NIET team, she supported teachers, administrators, and district-level personnel as an educational program consultant and TAP executive master teacher with the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) and TAP master teacher in the Iberia Parish School System. During her tenure with the LDOE, she assisted districts and schools with the implementation of the state's new teaching standards and newly adopted content standards. Additionally, she coached and supported school administrators and master teachers with the implementation of high-quality instructional leadership teams, job-embedded professional development, and in-the-moment support coaching of instructional staff focused on successful attainment of school goals linked to increased student achievement. 

Davita has worked to advance educational equity for all students in each of these roles by focusing on academic excellence. As a data-driven leader with an in-depth knowledge of effective school improvement strategies, she firmly believes that all students can perform at high levels and be well prepared for college or a career with a high-quality teacher in each classroom.  

Davita holds a bachelor's degree in education from Southern University Agricultural and Mechanical College, a Master of Education in educational leadership, and a Doctorate of Education in educational leadership from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.


Dr. Davita  Lancelin

Why are you passionate about working at NIET? 

The work we do at NIET helps to ensure that all students have access to an effective teacher in the classroom. Our work gives all students a fighting chance.

What do you do in your free time?

In my free time, I like to spend time with my family, relax, and read a good book.