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Who We Are 2017-03-28T07:06:32+00:00

Boston Area Reggio Inspired Network

Supporting the professional growth and development of educators interested in expanding their knowledge of the Reggio Emilia Approach to early childhood education.

Mission Statement

The Boston Area Reggio Inspired Network (BARIN) supports the professional growth and development of educators interested in expanding their knowledge of the Reggio Emilia Approach to early childhood education.

Rich and varied learning experiences are developed to enhance the participants understanding of the fundamental principles of the Reggio Emilia Approach.

Establishing collaborative relationships between teachers from different schools is essential to our work. BARIN exists to foster a strong community of educators who are passionate about their work in Reggio inspired programs.

Our Board Members

Marissa Clark
Marissa ClarkBoard Member
Marissa Clark is the Assistant Director at the Cambridge-Ellis School in Cambridge, MA. She holds a BA in Psychology from the College of the Holy Cross and M.A.T from Tufts University. Marissa has held teaching and leadership roles at both the Advent School in Boston, MA as well as Buckingham Browne and Nichols School in Cambridge, MA. She was the Coodinator of Reggio-inspired Programs at the Advent School, helping to grow the school into a Reggio-inspired independent school from prek-6th Grade.

Marissa currently serves as the Board Secretary and Coordinator of the Boston Area Reggio Inspired Network. Marissa’s professional experiences over the past fifteen years reflect her dedication to the field of early childhood education and the Reggio Emilia Approach. She has extensive practice creating learning environments that are rich in possibilities and facilitating inquiry-based curriculum, where children are encouraged to be thoughtful investigators who ask questions, pursue interests, and develop creative ideas.

Angela Ferrario
Angela FerrarioBoard Member
Angela Ferrario is the Founder and Manager of International Study Tours, LLC, which she established in 2005 for the creation of educational travel initiatives in collaboration with U.S. and International colleagues. For more than two decades as U.S. Liaison for Study Groups, Angela has been organizing and leading groups to Reggio Emilia, Italy for educators, students and professors in collaboration with Reggio Children www.reggiochildren.it. She also arranges and leads small delegations to visit schools in Pistoia, Italy in the Tuscany region and in past years led educational study tours visiting schools in Denmark, Sweden and Portugal. In 2015, she launched a series of educational retreats and cultural exchange in the Italian village of Mercatello sul Metauro in the Marche region. Learning Together in a Special Place: Perspectives on Leadership, takes place annually at Palazzo Donati www.lemarcheholidayvilla.com.

Angela began her career as a teacher and has held positions as Director of Special Projects at the World Bank Children’s Center in Washington, DC, Boston/Cambridge Regional Manager at Bright Horizons Family Solutions, and Director of Program Development at Associated Early Care and Education in Boston. She is a founding board member of NAREA (North American Reggio Emilia Alliance) www.reggioalliance.org.

Harriet Garskovas
Harriet GarskovasBoard Member
Harriet Garskovas has been in the field of Early Education for over 20 years. Originally from Germany with a double masters degree in Art History and Classical Archeology, she fell in love with teaching young children at the Newtowne School and the Peabody Elementary School in Cambridge. Previously, Harriet has worked for the University of Massachusetts International Programs office guiding exchange students on their study abroad in Germany.

She has also been a director at the Newtowne School and at Bright Horizons. She is currently finishing a doctoral degree at Lesley University. Her research includes the importance of dialogue in Reggio Emilia inspired classrooms, and the link to mindfulness and philosophy. She currently works as an Educational Coordinator at Bright Horizons. Deeply committed to creative environments in the classroom and dedicated to making the Reggio Emilia approach accessible to teachers and parents, Harriet is providing professional development opportunities through workshops and presentations. Harriet is one of the founding members of BARIN and serves as the treasurer of the Board.

Susan MacDonald
Susan MacDonaldBoard Member
Susan MacDonald is the founder of Inspiring New Perspectives, a consultancy focused on empowering educational leaders to create programs that deeply respect and nurture the possibilities that lie within each child, parent and teacher. Susan has been developing and delivering inspirational courses and workshops for over 25 years.

Her background includes director of a Reggio inspired preschool program, adjunct faculty at Lesley University and Wheelock College and Commonwealth of Massachusetts licensing supervisor . Susan holds a Master’s degree in Instructional Design, professional coach certifications through the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching, and the Minds at Work, Immunity to Change program Susan is the current president of Boston Area Reggio Inspired Network and past vice president of the Massachusetts Association for the Education of Young Children. Susan is the author of Inspiring Early Childhood Leadership: Eight Strategies to Ignite Passion and Transform Program Quality, published by Gryphon House in 2016.

Kelly Pellagrini
Kelly PellagriniBoard Member
Kelly Pellagrini brings more than 15 years experience in early childhood education. Currently, she serves as the founder of Charlestown Nursery School, an innovative Reggio-Emilia inspired early learning center that welcomes over 1000 educators to view practice each year.

In addition to a B.A. from Bates College, Kelly holds Masters degrees from Smith College and Lesley University, in Curriculum and Teaching and Bilingual Early Childhood Education, respectively. She has worked as a teacher, administrator and curriculum coordinator at the Saint Francis School in Moravia, Costa Rica, public schools in Amherst and Boston, Massachusetts, and at the Smith College Lab School. She has served on the Mayor Advisory Committee for 0-5 School Readiness, and has been active in supporting early childhood programs throughout the area. She recently received an Unsung Heroine Award for her extensive civic involvement. In addition to her work at CNS, she serves as an advisor to many schools as well as mentor, instructor and advocate in early childhood. She writes, speaks and consults on early childhood research.

Susan Twombly
Susan TwomblyBoard Member
Susan Twombly has been working in the field of Early Childhood Education for her entire career, starting out as a Headstart teacher in the program’s early years. Susan has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Elmira College and a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Wheelock College. She was a founding teacher at the UMass Boston Child Development Center and the founding Director of Children’s Hospital Child Care Center in Boston.

Susan first encountered the Reggio Emilia Approach when the 100 Languages of Children exhibit came to Cambridge, MA in the early 80’s. She has been inspired by this approach ever since and has visited Reggio Emilia twice and participated in numerous discussion groups and workshops connecting this approach to practice. In her work as Director of the Infant Toddler Children’s Center in Acton, MA, for the past 18 years, the Reggio Emilia Approach has been a guiding philosophy for the program.

Susan has now retired from full time work and is teaching part time at Lesley University as well as serving on various Boards of organizations working to support high quality early childhood education programs.

Lise White
Lise WhiteBoard Member
Lise White has been a classroom teacher, administrator, professor and advocate of early childhood for the last 15 years. Currently, she teaches and researches at Charlestown Nursery School and mentors educators as an adjunct professor at Lesley University. She has a Master of Science in Child Development from Wheelock College and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Colorado in Boulder.

Lise has been studying the Reggio Emilia approach since 2000 through coursework, trainings, study groups, and conferences. She spent 8 years as a teacher-researcher at Harvard’s Peabody Terrace Children’s Center, working with her colleagues to transform the center into a Reggio-inspired school. Lise is particularly interested in how children develop relationships with materials and how children’s questions inspire learning. Recently, Lise has been studying nature-based early childhood education and focusing on how to foster a relationship with nature among young children in an urban environment. Lise was a member of an international study tour to Reggio Emilia in 2016.