Leoncavallo, Leila


Leila Leoncavallo is the instructor for civics and psychology classes at Compass. She earned an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Rochester where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and received Highest Honors for her research project on memory. She received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Law. Her legal experience spans a state supreme court, district attorney’s office, circuit court, and positions in consumer advocacy. Leila has served as a docent at the U.S. Supreme Court since 2010 where she conducts tours and lectures on the history and function of the Court. She taught classes on First Amendment topics such as the Bill of Rights, media ethics, the Civil Rights movement, and the role of the press in the presidency at the Newseum in Washington, DC. She is the founder of Fairfax Dyslexia, a Northern Virginia consulting service for parents of children with dyslexia, and the creator of CivicsEd.com, an online resource of civics-related information for teachers and students. She lives in Fairfax where her youngest child attends high school while her oldest attends the Emerson College Honors Program in Boston.