Mrs. Kraytz (known as "Ms. Leah" to her students) began her educational training at the Pennsylvania State University where she received a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Psychology and a minor in Human Development and Family Studies, each with an emphasis on early childhood development. She then pursued her graduate degree in the field of School Psychology at the University of Rhode Island, which is accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). Mrs. Kraytz then completed her specialist level internship in a Vermont school district, serving primarily preschool and elementary students, but also working at the middle and high school levels. After the completion of her graduate coursework and internship, she received her Masters of the Sciences degree in School Psychology and is currently a Pennsylvania and Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP). Following graduation, Mrs. Kraytz worked as the School Psychologist and School Counselor at the Penns Valley Area School District before joining the State College Area School District community in 2017. In 2022, Mrs. Kraytz became a Graduate of Mindful School's Mindful Teacher Certification Program and is currently completing her practicum to become a Mindful Schools Certified Mindfulness Instructor. Her interests include the neuroscience of mindfulness, trauma-informed practices, social and emotional learning (SEL), and equitable educational frameworks that incorporate these areas at the universal and specialized levels. Outside of school, she enjoys plant-based cooking, yoga, hiking, camping, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family.