Company: Faith Springs Ministries
Location: District Heights, Maryland, United States
Rev. Rena Polite-Griffin, Founder at Faith Springs International Ministries, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in early childhood education.
When Ms. Polite-Griffin began working as a teenager, it was with children in her community who desperately needed educational assistance. Even as a youth, her siblings always made her aware of significant political and social-cultural issues. When it came time for her to pursue a formal education, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in early childcare administration from Washington International College in 1979. She was the first African American and the first female to be enrolled at the college. Her degree became more of an honor, being the first of its kind. It helped bring focus to the importance of educating young children in the beginning stages of the early child care industry. The precious years spent in this field were rewarding. Thus, it led her to continue with advanced studies enrolled at Howard University School of Divinity Master of Arts in religious education in the late 1990s.
Ms. Polite-Griffin’s first professional employment went from various Summer Youth titles and then as a senior teacher and assistant director for the Roots Activity Learning Center. She remained there from 1977 until 1987. From 1987 until 1989, she was the acting director of the Quality Time Early Learning Center. Before returning to Roots from 1990 until 1993, she then entered the ministry in 1991. From 1991-1997 in full-time ministry, she was also the director of Christian education, a Trustee, and two other pursuits emerged. It was a child care center established for the Hunter Memorial AME Church in 1998, her own ECC site 1998-2002. In the interim, she took on several employment opportunities as an executive receptionist, office manager, and administrative assistant with Kelly Services from 2002 until 2008.
In 2008, she moved on and became the marketing director, kindergarten director, and center director of The Goddard School of Easton. Ms. Polite-Griffin was the center director until 2010 and to the present, a consultant to the school. In the years that followed, she held the position of employment specialist and recruiter with AARP SCSEP. Alongside these various roles, since the 1970s’ she has been the founder and an active clergy member of the Faith Springs International Ministries. Currently, under this umbrella is the Healing Hands “Wellness” Ministries. Part of that ministries provides an approach a holistic to health and wellness as Independent Broker with the Oxzgen/5Links company. As a testament to her success, Ms. Polite-Griffin was the Grant Recipient of the First Faith-Based Initiative for the business plan to a newly developed early child care. Likewise, recognized on a CBS News special for her work regarding an innovative after school program and National Youth Spoken Person for the Washington Urban League in the 1970s.
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