Dec 16

Caryn

Copy of DSC_3830.NEFCaryn Reitkopp always knew she wanted to be a teacher when she was growing up.  She had a chalkboard, worksheets from her mom’s classroom and all her stuffed animals lined up for their daily lessons in her bedroom.  It was a career she came by naturally as well as her love for animals.  Their house never had less than 2 dogs in it.  You could usually find a rescued baby bird or bunny, gerbils, chameleons and fish there too.  Animals were treated like part of the family.   Her parents fostered her love for living things by allowing her to have different kinds of pets; planting a garden in the backyard and having her grandfather live with them after his wife died so he wouldn’t be lonely.

Caryn went on to work in various settings throughout her career in education over the past 30 years.  These ranged from camps, preschools, private schools, nonprofit organizations, charter schools and public schools.  She earned her Master’s Degree in Education with an emphasis on Curriculum and Design.  Her teaching certification is in Early Childhood.

Always a supporter of humane education, Caryn began to promote compassion for living things through literature, hands on projects, songs, chants and rhymes in her classrooms.   It wasn’t until she had her own children that she found the impetus to start her own business so she could spend more time with her family and reach more children.  Her goal is to teach children before they turn 5- when 90% of their brain development has taken place so their prosocial behaviors can be reinforced at an early age.

 

 

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