Zipporah Levi-Shackleford M.Ed., PBSF, EdD Candidate 

Founder, Director of Academic & Behavioral Supports 

Zipporah Levi-Shackleford is the Founder and Director of Behavioral & Academic Support for Creative Approach Development Center. She started the organization because of her personal experiences as a special needs sibling and mother.  Zipporah provides a wide variety of services for individuals, ages 5 to 105, that experience challenges related to medical and learning disabilities. Some populations she provides supports for include individuals with autism, Down’s Syndrome, Asperger’s, Cerebral Palsy, PTSD, depression, anxiety and more. She provides this service to the special needs population by delivering the tools and resources necessary to aid them in achieving their highest possible abilities.   

Zipporah believes that having a direct hands-on, interactive approaches allows her clients to make the massive, positive changes needed to succeed. Her belief is that everyone should live the life based on their choices.    


As a champion for the disability community, Zipporah has developed and harbored relationships with community members such as having a strong presence with local schools as well as working side by side with the Governor of Virginia.  Her skills and expertise has allowed her to teach large audiences around the country.  Thus, she is frequently requested to teach conferences for young professionals, public/private school trainings and other events specialized in helping people learn and understand more about the special needs population.     


 Zipporah’s education stems from having an Associate’s in Elementary Education, a Bachelor’s in Child Development, a Master’s in Education, and she is currently working towards a Doctorate in education specializing in  Instructional Technology which she is using to develop online trainings, apps, and other digital resources to further educate people with disabilities and their support teams.  In addition to this, Zipporah has certifications in Disability Leadership, Positive Behavior Supports and Autism Spectrum Disorders.  Furthermore, she has personal experience with the special needs community as she herself has four children.  Each with multiple diagnoses including Autism, Asperger’s and Down’s Syndrome.  She takes all cases and opportunities seriously as she has experienced and encountered many events throughout her life causing her to become an avid and passionate ally with the population.