Leonor joined A Shared Vision as an Early Intervention Teacher of the Visually Impaired in 2021. She is also an Early Childhood Developmental Interventionist for Denver Behavior Consultants and Imagine Colorado. Leonor received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Florida International University and her Master of Science Special Education with Specialization in Visual Impairment from the University of North Dakota.
Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, Leonor moved to Boulder nine years ago from Florida, where she worked in all areas of special education, including serving as a family services coordinator for Early Steps. “I love helping families,” explains Leonor. “It is not only important to me, but fulfilling as well, to be able to model strategies and coach caregivers during the process of early intervention. I love utilizing their input during our time together.”
Besides hiking, kickboxing, and spending time with her 20-year-old daughter, Leonor’s other hobby is making origami. “I love all the things you can do with a single square,” she says. In the 1990s Leonor hosted and produced the show, “Origami with Leonor,” a one-minute “interspecial” on the Discovery Kids Channel and PBS. Today, when she visits a family for the first time, she brings a talking origami puppet that starts a rapport with the child and their family.
Leonor also volunteers for the Boulder chapter of Achilles International, a global nonprofit that transforms the lives of people with disabilities through running and adaptive cycling programs.