Meet Our New CEO

The RIE® Board of Directors is excited to introduce our new CEO, Reena Hajat Carroll!

As a non-profit executive for the past decade, Reena brings in-depth experience and knowledge about how to run mission centered non-profits that focus on the best ways to serve our community.   Reena holds a master’s degree in social work from Washington University’s Brown School of Social Work with an emphasis on social and economic development and an undergraduate degree in Sociology from Occidental College.

Prior to joining RIE®, Reena was the Executive Director of Diversity Awareness Partnership, based in St. Louis, Missouri.  In her ten years with the organization, she grew the small start-up non-profit to a robust and sought after diversity resource in the region.  Reena is the recipient of a host of awards including, Bank of America’s Local Hero Award, and the Brown School of Social Work’s Distinguished Alumni Award.


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Share the Educaring® Approach in 2017

Dear Friends of the Educaring® Approach,

As the community of practitioners and proponents of RIE®’s Educaring® Approach continues to expand at an exciting rate, the RIE® organization is fielding a growing number or requests for guidance on how to share the Approach with others. In short, we encourage everyone who has been influenced or inspired in any way by the Educaring® Approach to share your excitement, experiences and perceptions broadly to anyone who might benefit from knowing about the Approach.  Add your voice to the dialogue.  Only with more and more voices speaking up in support of striving for the highest quality infant care will we hope to achieve our vision of respectful care for all young children.

Whether you had a friend tell you about the Educaring® Approach at a school event, or you saw some posts on a blog, or you read a book or attended a seminar given by any one of the organization’s 55 certified RIE® Associates, or were blessed to have met or studied with Madga Gerber herself or any of the legendary leaders in the field of early childhood with whom she collaborated — no matter what form your exposure took — please share your views and experiences with others.

Should your interest or that of those you tell result in the desire to explore and learn more, then reach out directly to a RIE® Associate for a phone call.  They have spent many years of their professional life in an extensive apprentice-based mentoring program of deep study of the Educaring® Approach.  Our RIE® Associates, you will find, strive to be role models of the respectful relationships, gentle and open-minded discourse and the hunger for new perspectives that Magda Gerber represented in every fiber of her being.

In addition to our certified RIE® Associates, you could also check out the books and videos, websites and blogs and certified training programs that RIE® features on its website.  If you desire to teach the Educaring® Approach to others or create or grow your business by using the Educaring® Approach, or you simply wish to achieve the high professional distinction of being certified in the Educaring® Approach, contact the RIE® Office or any RIE® Associate about how to become a RIE® Associate.

Having been so carefully woven out of the practical observations and gifted human insight of its author, Magda Gerber, RIE®’s Educaring® Approach has also been thoroughly validated by decades of modern scientific research.  The Educaring® Approach is too profoundly fundamental to the successful development of the human race to be kept a secret and it should be shared without bounds for the benefit of all.

Dave Ryan                                                   Polly Elam                                 Annette Nelson
RIE®Chair, Board of Directors                      RIE®President                           RIE®CEO


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