Heather Duncan NBCT is a Child Development professor, Consultant, Trainer, Coach and Principal, Early Childhood at University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. She helmed her first classroom in Posen-Robbins School District 143 ½, then founded Ahadi Early Learning Center which she directed for 5 years before joining Chicago Public Schools as a Preschool teacher. She is a 2015-17 America Achieves National Fellow, a 2016 Chicago Foundation for Education ARLI Research Fellow, a 2018-19 Teach Plus Early Childhood Fellow and winner of Chicago’s 2018 Golden Apple For Excellence In Teaching Award. She holds a BA in English and MEd in Early Childhood Education from the University of Illinois, a certificate in Early Childhood Leadership from Erikson Institute and is currently pursuing a PhD in Organizational Leadership at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She spends her minimal “free time” learning to golf, play guitar or conquer new endurance sports and forcing her husband and two kids to join her.

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