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Boston Area Reggio Inspired Network

BARIN is a grassroots community of teachers dedicated to nurturing and educating our youngest learners and those who work with them. Ensuring all children have the best possible opportunities to grow and learn requires that we also dedicate ourselves to the growth and learning of our fellow educators.

BARIN has been awarded the opportunity to host The Wonder of Learning in Boston in 2018 by the North American Reggio Emilia Alliance and Reggio Children because of the depth of our knowledge of best practices in birth to age five education, the strength of our own practice as educators of young learners, and our experience providing inspiring and practical professional development for fellow teachers.

Established as an independent nonprofit in 2014, BARIN is a 501(c)(3) public charity.


We want every young child’s teacher to be inspired and equipped to provide high quality early childhood education that sets students on a path to satisfying, engaged, and productive lives.

Wonder of Learning Boston 2018 Steering Committee

Program Director
Kelly Pellagrini, Founder and Co-Director, Charlestown Nursery School

Project Coordinator
Sarah Yessenow, Boston University

Boston University Wheelock College of Education and Human Development Team Leads
Stephanie Cox Suarez,  Associate Professor of Special Education and Director of the Documentation Studio, Wheelock College
Megina Baker, Instructor of Early Childhood Education and Researcher Pedagogy of Play project at Harvard’s Project Zero
Jane Lannek, Director of the Early Childhood Learning Laboratory and Coordinator of Early Childhood Education Program

Venue & Installation
Sue Twombly, Lesley University
Will Twombly, Spokeshave Design

Katy Donovan, Treasurer, BARIN and Director, Harvard Campus Child Care Centers
Karen Korn, Finance Director

Promotion & Marketing
Cady Audette, Co-Director, Charlestown Nursery School and Co-Founder, Follow Our Lead Boston
Brianne Miers, Flowetik
Jessica Van Sack, Founder & CEO, Yellow House Consulting

Volunteer Coordinator and BARIN Events
Isabela Garcia, UMass Boston and Early Childhood Consultant
Amber Lowe, Advent School

Government and Policymakers Outreach
Amy O’Leary, Early Education for All
Eleonora Villegas-Reimers, Professor Special and Elementary Education Department School of Education, Child Life and Family, Wheelock College

Liaison to NAREA and Reggio Children
Angela Ferrario, Founder, International Study Tours

We were privileged to work with a dedicated team of early childhood educators and partners in academia, marketing, and more who gave their time and talents to realize the Wonder of Learning Boston 2018.

Professional Development
Julie Bernson, Deputy Director, Learning & Engagement, deCordova Sclupture Park and Museum
Ronit Ben-Shir, Early Childhood Consultant
Marina Boni, Instructional Coach, Boston Public Schools
Louise and Ashley Cadwell, Cadwell Collaborative
Anne Douglass, Executive Director & Associate Professor, Institute for Early Education Leadership and Innovation, University of Massachusetts Boston
Marie Enochty, Program Manager, Early Childhood Department, Boston Public Schools
Laura Freidman, Portland Area Reggio Inspired Educators, and Hawkins Group Leader and Consultant
Lella Gandini, Liaison for the Dissemination of the Reggio Emilia Approach in the United States
Isabela Garcia, UMass Boston and Early Childhood Consultant
Heidi Given, Early Childhood Consortium
Kate Hulbert, Charlestown Nursery School
Lisa Kuh, Director of Early Education, Somerville Public Schools
Yvonne Liu-Constant, Associate Professor, Early Childhood Programs, Lesley University
Amber Lowe, Advent School
Elizabeth Pufall Jones, Boston University
Rachel Raz, Hebrew College
Marina Seevak, Director, The Beautiful Stuff Project
Maggie Van Camp, Boston Public Schools
Jessie Wenning, Cambridge Public Schools

Catherine Carter, Teacher, The Beautiful Stuff Project
Angela Elkins, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher, Lesley Ellis School
Valerie Giltinan, Pre-K Coach, Somerville Public Schools
Kate Isler, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher, Belmont Day School
Stacy Minicucci, Teacher, The Beautiful Stuff Project
Lisa Ranfos, Executive Director, Child Study and Development Center, University of New Hampshire
Michelle Sanchez, Principal, Epiphany School and Director, Epiphany Learning Center

Hilary Odoy, Director, Newtowne School
Cleta Booth, Retired Co-Director of the Early Care and Education Center, University of Wyoming
Nancy Fincke, Director, Lincoln Nursery School at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum
Gina Tzizik, Director, Soule Early Learning Center



Susan MacDonald, President
Ronit Ben-Shir
Marissa Clark
Betsy Damian
Katherine Donovan, Treasurer
Angela Ferrario
Kerry Gannaway
Isabela Garcia
Harriett Garstovas
Mary Gessler
Amber Lowe, Secretary
Kelly Pellagrini, Vice President
Joanne Szamreta
Susan Twombly
Cris West

The Wonder of Learning opened up dialogue, incubated new ideas, and deepened the conversation about the importance and attributes of high quality birth to age five education. Donate online today and be sure to sign up for the latest news and updates!

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