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Malissa A. Scheuring Leipold, Ed.D.

Dr. Malissa A. Scheuring Leipold has served as a teacher at both the elementary and secondary levels, as well as an administrator in middle and high school settings. Subsequent to earning her doctoral degree, she was accepted to Teachers College, Columbia University's Education Policy Fellowship Program, to continue in her studies of leadership development, policy analysis, and policy implementation. Dr. Scheuring Leipold's scholarship focuses on issues related to educational leadership and organizational behavior. In 2009, Dr. Scheuring Leipold published a book, Job Satisfaction, which examined how gender and age; years of teaching experience; and requirements of the profession of teaching, including educational reform efforts, influence teachers' belief systems. She has also been selected by the United States Department of Education to serve as a School Leadership Program reviewer of national grant proposals submitted in the hopes of receiving federal funding designed to assist high-need local educational agencies in the development, enhancement, or expansion of innovative programs to recruit, train, and retain school principals. In addition, she has assisted local school districts in school system evaluation as an independent consultant. Dr. Scheuring Leipold is an active community member and serves on the Board of Directors of It Takes a Village to Educate a Child, which is an organization dedicated to creating programs to help children with autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) succeed socially and emotionally through science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM).

Dr. Scheuring Leipold has dedicated most of her life to serving impoverished areas with her parents and siblings, and continues to offer her services as an educational consultant to train teachers in developing countries, more recently in Kingston, Jamaica, and has organized campus wide drives for educational materials. She continues to work with her parents, the founders of LAMP (Lay Apostolic Ministries with the Poor) Catholic Ministries, whose main objective is to focus on evangelization and work people who are materially poor, and is currently serving on the Board of Directors. She also coordinates college-wide participation in the LAMPcafé, an outreach of LAMP which utilizes a canteen truck to bring food and spiritual nourishment to the hungry in the South Bronx. In addition, she helps coordinate Iona Preparatory Lower School participation in the LAMPcafé, through sandwich making, supervising the donation of food, and delivering over 3,000 lunches to the poor per academic year.

Dr. Scheuring Leipold is a member of Kappa Delta Pi: International Honor Society in Education (KDP), the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL), and the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE). She also serves as an editorial advisory member for the Journal of Global Education and Research (JGER). In 2009, she received the Teacher of Honor designation from Kappa Delta Pi. In order to earn the Teacher of Honor designation, an educator must have more than 3 years of classroom teaching experience, submit evidence of professional development, leadership, community service and meaningful contribution to the education profession, and demonstrate a commitment to integrity and high standards in the classroom.

New York State Certifications

School District Administrator (SDA)
Biology - General Science (7-12)

Research Interests

  • Effective Leadership
  • Policy Analysis and Implementation
  • Teacher Motivation
  • Teacher Job Satisfaction
  • Teaching as a Service Profession