Meet the people behind Cajal Academy, and contact us to find out how you can join our mission.
Cheryl Viirand, B.A., J.D., Co-Founder, President & Head of School
Cheryl Viirand is the co-founder, President and Head of School of Cajal Academy, Inc. As a social entrepreneur, former attorney and adoptive Mom with two “twice exceptional” kids, Cheryl believes firmly that solving the only thing more valuable than solving problems for one child is solving problems for many of them. Cheryl saw first-hand the power of taking a unified, science-driven approach to empowering children to optimize their own life-lived experiences as she watched her own kids transformed by the work of occupational therapist Heather Edwards and her team at Upwards Pediatric Therapy. After concluding that there is presently no school available in Fairfield County, CT or the surrounding area that brings this approach into the classroom for bright, gifted or twice exceptional students, Cheryl became determined to create one.
Cheryl is a generalist problem solver and a former litigator with the firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell. A “mom-on-a-mission” social entrepreneur, she is also the founder of Freedible, Inc., the social sharing platform where families with dietary constraints can find and share the recipes, life hacks and community they need to thrive. Cheryl holds a B.A. from Barnard College and a J.D. from New York University School of Law.