Ann Gadzikowski is an award-winning author and educator with a passion for challenging children to think creatively and critically. Ann’s book Robotics for Young Children won the Midwest Book Award for Best Educational Book and Creating a Beautiful Mess won gold in the National Parenting Publications Awards. Ann’s newest book Problem Solving with Young Children offers teachers practical ideas for inquiry-based learning in early childhood classrooms.
A graduate of the Erikson Institute, Ann has many years of experience as a teacher and director of early childhood programs and her work with children embraces both the arts and the sciences. Ann’s credentials in music and literature informed her role 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 served as a curriculum director and executive editor for Encyclopedia Britannica where she led the creation of family resources including Britannica for Parents. She is a frequent speaker at events such as the annual conference of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. She also teaches early childhood education courses at Oakton College.