Hey There, I'm Dr. Shira Leibowitz

I help K-12 and early childhood principals and directors design and lead  purpose-driven schools where students and teachers thrive.

After two decades as a principal of pre-k through eighth grade school, I wanted to escape the crushing demands and expectations of schools run by others, so I opened my own childcare center and preschool.

That was July 2019. Y'all know what happened the following March.

Located just north of New York City, I found myself an essential business, stayed open, wrote a book about how I and other educators did it, and started teaching how we did.

Now I continue to run my school, while helping other school leaders design and lead their own purpose-driven schools.  I bring a unique perspective having taught and led in schools serving people of all ages - from birth through doctoral students in education. I still advise doctoral students and teach leadership and curriculum design in the doctoral program at Northeastern University.

I am also the author of two books: The Coach Approach To School Leadership: Leading Teachers To Higher Levels Of Effectiveness and Havens Of Hope: Ideas For Redesigning Education From The COVID-19 Pandemic

Two more  fun facts about me:

(1) I'm legally a cyborg. I had experimental surgery to repair a brain aneurysm right between my eyes and now have a technically enhanced brain - a piece of metal keeps the aneurysm from bursting. Every day for me is truly a blessing.  

(2) I was actually ordained as a rabbi (one of the first women to be ordained in my denomination). Although I now consider myself a former rabbi, the training helps me connect with my students with an empathy and respect grounded in ancient wisdom.

Here's What Some Of Our Purpose-Driven Leaders Are Saying:

"In the time I have been working with Shira we have created a space where I can implement my dreams and overcome any mindset obstacles that may come in my way. Shira is a creative sounding board and has created a creative think tank with other educators who are fostering visions to custom design new innovations and reach the world."

 â€“ Suzanne Gabli

"Drum roll please......I will be consulting! I am definitely on my way as an outdoor classroom consultant!!!! Working with Shira has truly been a blessing. I have begun consulting and writing a book. The support, encouragement, and fabulous ideas are truly a gift."

- Paula Hoffman