Carrie Portrie

Doctoral Student, Department of Education
Carsey Fellow

Carrie is a Carsey Fellow for New Hampshire Listens. Carrie’s work with NH Listens began in mid-2016 supporting early childhood community engagement and coalition building in eight communities. She is a doctoral student in Education: Children and Youth in Communities at UNH, and she currently holds a B.A. in Anthropology and Sociology from Roger Williams University and M.Ed in Early Childhood Education: Special Needs with graduate certificates in Leadership in Children’s Health and Disability and Assistive Technology from UNH. Since 2013, she has served as the  Early Childhood Special Education Assistive Technology (EC-SEAT) project coordinator for Leslie Couse and Eun Kyeong Cho and has assisted Peter Antal and Betsy Humphreys with NH-ME LEND program evaluation. Her research interests lie in using Urie Bronfenbrenner’s ecological systems theory to think about building more inclusive, accessible, and coordinated systems of early learning and care for children, families, and practitioners in and outside of NH. She believes in a commitment to utilizing reflective and evolving frameworks (such as Universal Design for Learning), providing children ample opportunities for play and self-driven investigations, and supporting educators’ ability to take risks in their practice.