We would like to give a warm welcome to our new Education Director, Roxane Leopold! Roxane has brought with her 40 years of experience as an educator with training in Elementary Education and Special Education. Her work has taken her to many places including Boston, Burlington, Vermont and even Rome, Italy! While in Rome, Roxane had the amazing opportunity as a special educator with English speaking children and taught English to Italian women. Her work outside of traditional child development settings includes work for not-for-profit management, government initiatives and higher education.
She has spent the last thirty years in Burlington, Vermont, where she worked as the Executive Director of the King Street Center for more than two decades, helping hundreds of children and families to achieve academic, social and personal development goals. In 2007, she retired from her role at King Street, but her retirement was short lived as she soon picked back up again, this time working at Burlington College helping to educate and promote young professionals in the broader fields of education and human services.
Roxane resigned in December 2012 with hopes of moving to Georgia with her husband and to be closer to her children and grandchildren. Roxane is thrilled about her new role as Education Director at the CDA, because it allows her to be close to her family and continue to dedicate herself to what she considers to be her life’s work: helping young children and their families. And we couldn’t be happier to have her here!
Georgia seems to suit Roxane just fine, as she is enjoying the warm weather, the perks of the city, and of course the wonderful nurturing environment at the CDA. Although her work here is similar to her previous work in early childhood education, she has already found there to be new challenges and hopes in learning and working with the richly diverse staff and families here. The best part of her job is that the work she does every day at the CDA applies to what she does with her own grandchildren, so it never feels like work!