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Ph.D. Student Recognized as Promising Leader in Early Care and Education

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Jody Riek was recognized by the Exchange magazine as an emerging leader in early care and education. Riek is an Oklahoma State University College of Education Ph.D. student in education - curriculum studies.                 

Exchange magazine’s May/June 2015 issue features emerging leaders in the field of early care and education. Forty-nine exceptional leaders and 55 promising leaders are pictured and their stories told in the cover feature. Riek was named a promising leader.

“Jodie is an exceptional student who is incredibly motivated to improve pedagogical methods in early childhood education. She is inquisitive, but at the same time questions dominant ideologies,” said Jennifer Job, assistant professor in curriculum studies. “She is able to see the issues in early childhood from a number of perspectives, which makes her an exceptional teacher. I'm sure that she will be someone we hear about in the field for years to come.”            

Riek is from Australia and came to OSU for the graduate programs offered for early childhood education professionals. She completed her master’s degree in educational technology in 2013 and is set to complete her doctoral program in 2017.

The emerging leader applicants were reviewed on leadership, knowledge base and the ability to work collaboratively and with personal initiative.