Meet Carrie Lang, Our New Director of Early Childhood Education
This summer, Roland Park Country School welcomed Carrie Lang as the Director of Early Childhood Education. Now overseeing our Little Reds programs, Carrie is a leader in early childhood education and a founding partner in the first public Montessori school in Baltimore City. After a decade of working with the Baltimore Montessori Public Charter School as the curriculum director, teacher coach, and administrator, Carrie is thrilled to join the RPCS community!
Carrie was born and raised in Baltimore, attending The Park School of Baltimore and Towson High School, followed by a master’s degree in education from the Loyola University of Maryland. She has lived across the country, studying Geology and Environmental Education, and her experiences always led her back to early childhood education that focused on curricula which use indoor and outdoor environments to teach children. She has since earned certificates in early childhood, special education, reading, and administration. Carrie and her husband have two daughters, ages 8 and 10.
Learn a little more about Carrie and please give her a warm RPCS welcome when you meet her virtually or on campus. (You may be surprised to detect her Wisconsin accent, which comes from her mother’s side of the family!)
What drew you to a career in early childhood education?
Early in my career, I was introduced to early childhood education through my aunt, Harriet Horwitz Meyer, president of the Ounce of Prevention Fund in Chicago. I spent a year supporting Head Start programs in the Windy City. This experience was followed by 13 years in Baltimore City Public Schools and five summers as an adjunct professor at Loyola College, which allowed me the chance to dig deeper into my studies in early childhood education.
What is your philosophy on the best approach(es) to early childhood education?
I have spent the past decade focused on how to incorporate Montessori education into the public sector. Balancing what I know to be important for child development with state and federal guidelines gives me perspective as I move into the Little Reds community. Early childhood education should always be focused on the whole child, including children’s social emotional learning as well as cognitive and physical education. None of this can be done without a strong relationship between the educators and families. Though we currently find ourselves in a space in which families cannot join in on the day-to-day happenings in our community because of COVID-19, I am hopeful that we can continue to find opportunities to connect and that eventually we’ll move back to a new normal, where collaboration between families, teachers, and students will create strong, independent children who can take on any challenges that come their way.
What interested you about Roland Park Country School?
When looking for my next career move, I knew that I wanted to work in an early childhood program with a strong belief and respect for our youngest learners. As soon as I walked on campus for my interview in February, I could immediately feel the magic of this community. The thoughtful questions asked and the wonderful people I met solidified my certainty that Roland Park Country School was where I wanted to be.
What do you want people to know about Little Reds and Littlest Reds at RPCS?
As an early childhood education program, our focus is on collaboration, respect, and positivity in each interaction we have. We are a team of educators with confidence in each other, our children, and our families. We work together to support every child in his or her development starting at 6 weeks old through their preschool years. Using a Reggio Emilia-inspired philosophy, we understand that this growth cannot be rushed. Allowing children to participate in their own learning experience creates joyfully engaged independent learners who will enter their elementary years and beyond with a strong love of learning and respect for our environment.
How do you hope to impact the learning and teaching culture in Little Reds at RPCS?
I come from a background of coaching teachers and understand the importance of having a strong team who works well together. I believe that challenging the team through thoughtful conversations connected to observations and data to set realistic goals is critical. I am also a visionary and my drive is to keep Little Reds moving forward with confidence that our extraordinary Reggio Emilia inspired program can educate the whole child, igniting a love of learning to support children in their next steps into kindergarten and beyond.
Tell us one thing about yourself that may surprise people.
I love to play card games. My husband and I play Five Crowns often just to take our minds off of everything. On family vacations, this game can include up to 15 players with two decks of cards. My husband has even created a spreadsheet to track our wins and losses as a family and between us!
What are you most proud of in your career?
I think where I am right now, in the Little Reds program, is a humbling place to be at this moment in time. I am honored to have to the opportunity to direct the Little Reds. We have so many incredible things happening and more exciting news in the works.
To meet Carrie and learn more about Little Reds at Roland Park Country School, mark your calendar for two upcoming events for prospective families:
- Realize Reggio: an in-person event for prospective families on Saturday, November 14 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
- A virtual lunch and learn with Carrie Lang on Thursday, November 19 at 12 p.m.
Please RSVP for these events by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.