Susan Catapano, Ed.D., has been an active member of the early childhood field for more than 30 years as the owner and director of two nationally accredited early learning centers, executive director of an early childhood nonprofit organization, president of the local NAEYC affiliate, and university faculty in early childhood education. She developed a graduate degree in early childhood leadership, advocacy, and policy to help prepare and support the next generation of early childhood leaders and scholars and continues to work as an advisor with national leaders in early childhood education. As a Fulbright Scholar, she has brought curriculum development and program support to the University of Belize in early childhood education. She continues to lead preservice and in-service students to Belize to work with the teachers and Ministry of Education in Belize on early childhood development, literacy, and numeracy issues.
Catapano earned her B.S. at the University of North Carolina Greensboro, her MBA at Maryville University (St. Louis), and her doctorate at Nova Southeastern University (Florida). She has been the principle investigator on over $4 million in federal, state, local, and private grants. Catapano’s research focus is on mentoring culturally responsive new teachers to work with diverse learners and families. She has been the author or co-author on more than 30 publications.