My Story

Child Development Specialist & Owner

Child Development Specialist & Owner

Shannon Carr has worked with young children and their families for close to 25 years and has a passion for the care and respect 0-3 year olds receive. During her years of experience, Shannon has taken on roles that included partnering with families harmed by child abuse and neglect, facilitating community building Parent Cafés, wrote curriculum and taught courses to parents and early childhood providers, taught in, opened, and managed several early childhood programs, visited families through Parents As Teachers, and supported both child care centers and family homes towards being healthier places for children and families. Shannon has gotten much of her inspiration from the organization RIE®. Both her work at RISE and parenting of two young children is inspired by RIE’s Educaring® Approach. Shannon’s passion with RIE® lead her to become a student and friend of the organization since 2013. She has completed the RIE Foundations Course®, Practicum, and is currently an Intern with RIE®. Shannon holds a Master’s in Early Education, certification in Mental Health First Aid, is a Child Passenger Safety Technician, and graduate from the Child Development Program from the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute. As the owner and class facilitator at RISE, she supports our youngest generation by working to maintaining the self-confidence infants and toddlers are born with while building resilience, social                                                                     skills, and grit. These are also skills that are strengthened in the parents that attend her classes.