Andrea Leonardi, MA, is the Director of Special Education and Pupil Services for the Fairfield, Connecticut public schools. Since 1996, she has been responsible for and supervises the research, development, and implementation of programming for all students in the district who have physical, cognitive or emotional special needs. Prior to her work in the Fairfield Public Schools, Ms. Leonardi taught special education in the Waterbury, Madison, and Old Saybrook, Connecticut school districts.
Throughout her career, Ms. Leonardi has been an avid advocate for children and teens vulnerable to isolation or bullying. She strives to promote and maintain an inclusive school environment, and encourages the collaboration of families, school staff and community services to ensure the successful participation of students with disabilities in social and academic programs. Since 2011, she has also served as the District School Climate Coordinator. Working with a diverse team of educators and community members, she led the development of a comprehensive school climate plan that promotes a secure school climate free from threat, harassment and bullying behaviors.
Ms. Leonardi received a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Wheaton College, and completed her Master’s of Arts in Special Education at Southern Connecticut State University. She also earned a 6th Year Degree in Education. She is a recognized leader in special education programming, and has been a featured speaker at educational forums and conferences throughout the state.