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About Ann

Ann Gadzikowski is an author and educator with a passion for challenging children to think creatively and critically. Her recent book Creating a Beautiful Mess: Ten Essential Play Experiences for a Joyous Childhood won gold in the 2015 National Parenting Publications Awards. A graduate of the Erikson Institute, Ann has more than twenty-five years of experience as a teacher and director of early childhood programs. She is the author of teaching guides, classroom readers, textbooks, picture books and numerous publications for parents of young children.

Ann is the Early Childhood Coordinator for Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development and oversees the summer Leapfrog Program. Ann is a frequent speaker at professional conferences, such as the National Association for Young Children and the National Association for Gifted Children. Ann also teaches early childhood education courses at Oakton Community College and she frequently provides training and consultation for schools and organizations.

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