Marilyn Schiavo

B.S., M.Ed., Ed.D.
Assistant Professor, Exceptional Student Education
Program Coordinator, Exceptional Student Education
Marilyn Schiavo


Phone: 561-237-7085

Professional Profile

Marylin A. Schiavo is a 36 year resident of Palm Beach County, FL. She attended public schools in Quincy, Massachusetts and graduated from North Quincy High School in 1966.  Schiavo attended Southern Illinois University, graduating in 1971 with both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in special education.  Schiavo then left for Baltimore, Maryland to pursue a career in teaching students with disabilities.  She remained there for 7 years.

Following a visit to Florida in the spring of 1977, she was interviewed coincidentally in the Palm Beach International Airport by her soon-to-be Assistant Principal. She accepted a job in special education at Congress Community Middle School in Boynton Beach continuing her classroom teaching career until 1981. She spent three years teaching students with disabilities at CCMS. She then accepted a job with Florida Diagnostic and Learning Systems (FDLRS) within the Exceptional Student Education Department of the school district. In 1988, she received and Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL. In the years that followed in PBCSD, she held  the following jobs:  Area Staffing Specialist, Beginning Teacher Program Specialist, Staff Development Specialist, Personnel Recruitment Specialist, and finally returned to Exceptional Student Education Department as a Florida Inclusion Network Facilitator, where she remained for 10 years until her retirement on June 30, 2010.

Schiavo received a doctorate in education (Educational Leadership) from Nova Southeastern University. She currently has joined the Ross College of Education full time as an assistant professor in both the master’s degree and undergraduate degree programs at Lynn University in Boca Raton, FL. She coordinates the M.Ed. program in Exceptional Student Education.

During her career in Palm Beach County, she met and married her husband, John J. Schiavo. They currently live in Boynton Beach, FL with their “four-legged” children-Shadow, Rascal, Rudy and Molly.

Throughout her career in Palm Beach County, Schiavo has been active in schools and the communities advocating for teachers, parents and students relative to the implementation of a more collaborative environment in K-12 classrooms across the district. She has provided professional development training to thousands of teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals, and parents throughout the district, which has in turn supported the educational focus in the school district--enabling diverse learners to achieve in all classroom settings.


  • B.S., Southern Illinois University
  • M.Ed., Southern Illinois University
  • Ed.D., Nova Southeastern University
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