Caryn Reitkopp has passion like no other! Her Master’s Degree in Education and more than 25 years of experience in various academic settings make her the ideal person to start Paws for Peace, LLC; a company that provides educational programs for pre-school age children. Her on-site workshops and field trips will teach young children compassion for all living things. Through the use of small animals and puppets, her offerings will promote empathy and kindness in children to help prevent violence and aggressive behavior before their value systems are set by age five.
Caryn has always been an animal lover and dreamed of becoming a humane educator for more than 15 years. Her sister and EWI board member, Melissa Reitkopp, encouraged Caryn to enroll in the Entrepreneur Training for Success course more than a year ago to pursue her dream. Caryn took her advice and is looking forward to making an impact in the world one child at a time.
Adjusting to the fast pace of ETS and keeping up with deadlines helped keep Caryn on track and produce a final business plan that is a major step in starting Paws for Peace, LLC and becoming an empowered entrepreneur!
Caryn hopes to one day purchase a farm and share the space and responsibility of running it and caring for the animals with other small businesses. Through Paws for Peace, LLC, she wants to build a community that will target different markets, yet all benefit from the space and the animals. She may even extend her business to include older students, senior citizens and children with special needs.
Caryn has witnessed her own son and young relatives expressing unique kindness to animals and sharing their opinion with their peers. Considering the recent movement against bullying in schools, Caryn is confident that her program can make the difference that she wishes to see in the world. We all could learn from Caryn and help make the world a kinder place to live for all.
– Charlia Acree
Rockville ETS Intern