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Zaina Cahill, Early Childhood & Learning Lab Director at Children’s Village (Philadelphia, PA) and adjunct professor at Arcadia University, is an NYU (B.S.Ed, Cum Laude) and Walden University (M.S.Ed, Magna Cum Laude) graduate. Since 2005, she’s worked as a substitute, assistant, lead, & special education teacher, and an administrator, with toddler to elementary school children. Zaina holds ECE teaching certification, is authorized to offer Professional Development in PA, and is a certified Infant/ Toddler/ PreK CLASS observer.
She has presented and spoken at events and conferences at the city, state, and national levels. She is a member of NAEYC/ PennAEYC, the NAEYC Membership Engagement Committee, the NAEYC Affiliate Advisory Council, Exchange Leadership Institute, Becker’s Advisory Council, and the Philadelphia Race Matters & Cultural Competency Learning Circle. In 2016, she was honored at the White House Teacher of the Year event, and in years since she has offered congressional testimony, advocating for child care policy change, on multiple occasions. Zaina has made written contributions to the Exchange, Becker’s and NAEYC blogs, and TYC.