Renae Reints O’Kane
Assistant Director, Christ Lutheran Church Daycare
Class of 2011
Degree: Early Childhood Specialist


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“Southeast Tech is an excellent choice for obtaining a degree. The class times are flexible, the tuition is affordable, the instructors are knowledgeable and the environment is fun, fresh and convenient!” –Renae Reints O’Kane, Assistant Director, Chirst Lutheran Church Daycare

Nurturing Precious Assets
Renae Reints O’Kane revels in making an impact as a leader and teacher for children and their families.

Renae Reints O’Kane practically gushes goodness and her love for children is obvious. As a young woman, she knew she wanted to pursue a career that would allow her to work with children so she enrolled at Dakota State University to earn her Elementary Education degree. The fit wasn’t right, and Renae knew it almost immediately.

“I wasn’t happy there but I knew I wanted to work with children. Since I had worked at a daycare the summer after high school I knew I really enjoyed that, and I knew getting a degree in Early Childhood would be a good fit for me.”

Renae earned her Early Childhood Specialist degree at Southeast Tech while holding down a job at the same time. “It really helped that Southeast had flexible class times so it made it possible to work and attend school at the same time. I’m very proud of the education I have received. I feel even more prepared for day-to-day challenges because I’m educated.”

And the degree didn’t hurt her employability either. Shortly after earning her degree, she was promoted from teacher to Assistant Director at Christ Lutheran Church Daycare. “I think that my commitment to educating myself really showed my supervisor that I was serious about my career. I have no doubt that was what helped me get the promotion.”

As far as whether Renae made the correct career choice? “It feels great knowing parents don’t have to worry about their most precious possession is being well cared for. It’s a very fun and rewarding field. You can go home and feel very proud every day because you know you made a difference and positive impact on people’s lives!”