Know your parenting personality

About Janet Levine

Janet Levine is founder and director of the National Educators Institute at Milton Academy, a laboratory for programs applying personality to education, and is a tenured educator in the English department at Milton Academy. A seasoned teacher, she has a wealth of experience working with parents and children. She speaks and publishes internationally on personality and education, and has authored many articles and books, including Know Your Parenting Personality: How to Use the Enneagram to Become the Best Parent You Can Be, The Enneagram Intelligences: Understanding Personality for Effective Teaching and Learning, and a well-reviewed autobiography of political memoirs, Inside Apartheid: One Woman’s Struggle in South Africa. 

Before her work with the Enneagram (E-model), Janet — a native of South Africa — was a favorite lecturer and journalist speaking on the subject of South Africa at Harvard / Radcliff, Yale, and Boston College, as well as a featured commentator on South African issues for ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, and was special consultant to PBS for a Frontline documentary on South Africa. As a freelance journalist over the last 35 years, Janet has been published in newspapers and journals throughout the world with featured articles in New York Times Magazine, Boston Globe, and Yale Review.

Not one to stand on the sidelines, Janet has founded many organizations to help forward the causes she believes in. While in South Africa, she held elected offices at local, regional and national levels in the anti-apartheid political party, and was twice elected to the Johannesburg City Council. She was also the only woman and white member of a 7-person board that founded the first and largest South African black private sector co-operative, Ma-Afrika Taxi Ltd.

Arriving in the United States in the mid-eighties, Janet co-founded and was the first director of ISSAEP (Independent Schools South Africa Education Program), a bridging year for black South Africans as seniors at independent high schools in the United States prior to attending U.S. colleges. Having established herself as an Enneagram expert in the early nineties, Janet went on to found and then preside as the first president of the Professional Association of Enneagram Teachers, which now has an average annual membership of 300-350. More recently, she founded and directed Transforming Teaching Workshops providing resources and services on personality to educators.

Janet continues to write and teach in Milton, Massachusetts. She can be contacted via her Web site at