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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 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 curriculum books, teaching guides, classroom readers, and numerous publications for parents of young children.
Ann’s work with children embraces both the arts and the sciences. Her credentials in music and literature inform her work as executive director of Preschool of the Arts, a Reggio-Emilia inspired school in Madison, Wisconsin. Ann also developed expertise in robotics, computer science, and engineering through her role as early childhood coordinator for Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development. Ann is a frequent speaker at professional conferences, such as the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the National Association for Gifted Children. Ann teaches early childhood education courses at Oakton Community College and she frequently provides training and consultation for schools and early childhood organizations.