Mr. Leavitt is currently completing his forty-fifth year at Academia del Perpetuo Socorro and upon arriving, he taught Algebra I in eighth grade and social studies in grades five and six. In 1972, he transferred to the high school and has taught World History I, World History II, History of Puerto Rico, Current Events, Ecclesiology, Italian I, and Italian II.
Among the diverse offices held by Mr. Leavitt we find: Moderator of the Student Council, the United Nations Club, the History Club, the National Honor Society, and the Honor Academy, having been this club’s sole moderator since it was created in 1975. He chaired the Social Studies Department for more than twenty-five years and founded the Interschool History and Geography League in 1987, to which fourteen prestigious schools now belong.
In August 1979, Mr. Leavitt became Perpetuo Socorro’s first vice-principal and has consistently performed as such for the pas thirty-five years. He treasures the unique opportunity he has had to motivate and inspire the thousands of students whose lives he has touched as a teacher and school administrator.
José Manuel Leavitt is a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico, where he received a B.A., first in English Literature and then in History. He has many credits towards an M.A. in History and holds regular licenses in English and Social Studies for both the elementary and high school levels.