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Gold Star Alum Series: Leah Ann Shapiro

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Leah Ann Shapiro, MSCD’80, has over 50 years of experience in Early Childhood Education. Renowned in the Chicago area for her advocacy, Leah holds a master’s degree in childhood development from Loyola/Erikson and an Advanced Certificate in Infant Studies from the Erikson Institute. She is certified in CLASS pre-K, ECERS, and CHILD. Leah has served in various roles including pre-school teacher, administrator, trainer, mental health consultant, and education, mental health, and disabilities coordinator for federal and state programs. She co-scripted and directed a Magna System series on Authentic Assessment and School Age programs and has taught at 2- and 4-year institutions. . She recently served as a Senior Research Assistant at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. She worked in the Early Intervention system as a Developmental Therapist and Evaluator for eight years and learned from the children and families that she worked with. She was certified as a PDS (Professional Development Specialist) through the CDA Council on Professional Recognition.

She enjoys theatre, literature, aqua exercise, and socializing with friends. Her greatest joy is spending time with her grandchildren, Madelyn and Shawn, whom she cares for weekly.

Erikson Institute Gold Star Alum Leah Shapiro | M.S. Child Development 1980 | Early Childhood Educator, LS/ECE Comprehensive Services

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