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Rae Ann Hirsh

Carlow University
Early Childhood Education Program Director
Pittsburgh Pa
Dr. Rae Ann Hirsh directs the early childhood program at Carlow University. She teaches play, curriculum, technology, practicum, service learning, and methods courses. She leads the CREATE lab satellite work of the university. In the 2016-17 AY, she was awarded the Carlow Woman of Spirit award for her work connecting students with families experiencing homeless. She was also awarded Carlow’s Digital Learning Award for her creative use of technology in the classroom. She was a past recipient of the Teaching Excellence Award. Before academia, Dr. Hirsh taught in early childhood centers, kindergarten, elementary schools, as a learning support teacher, and is a PQAS trainer. Her research interests include curriculum, emotions, neuroscience, and educational technology.

Dr. Hirsh believes that teaching young children is the most important work one can engage in. Teachers are agents of change who are needed to instill values of humanity, compassion, empathy and love of learning in each child they have the privilege to teach. High quality, compassionate teachers can change the world!