Leann Shamash was born in Medford. She participated in the Young Judaea's Year Course in Israel after graduating from high school which helped form and nurture a lifelong commitment to Judaism and Israel. After returning from Israel, Leann returned to Massachusetts and studied at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst where she received a BS in Plant and Soil Science with a minor in Judaic Studies.
Leann taught kindergarten at the Merrimack Valley Hebrew Academy in Lowell for thirteen years, where she also taught music. Leann returned to school for her Master’s degree to Brandeis University where she attended the Hornstein Program in Jewish Communal Service, with a concentration in Jewish education. She was the Director of Education at Temple Sinai in Brookline for six years before becoming the Education Director in Acton. During summer vacations Leann has worked for ten years at Camp Yavneh in New Hampshire where she happily directs the CIT play each summer. Leann is married to Hooshang and they have four children, Zohar, Eytan, Aviv and Orry.