Debbie Riek has spent her entire career in Education. Influenced heavily by the work of Fred Rogers and Howard Gardner, Debbie has focused on helping children connect to and understand the world around them. Debbie has degrees in Communication and Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Curriculum. She has taught first grade, directed a preschool, taught pre-service teachers, and provided professional development. For the last 12 years, she has worked in education and Public Media at WITF in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. She is passionate about equity in education, social and emotional learning and family engagement. Debbie lives in York Pennsylvania with her husband, Bruce, an ESL teacher, and her three daughters– Olivia, a college junior, Maddie, a high school senior, and Grace, a high school senior (yes, they are twins).