Rita Pierson's speeches on education relationship reform began at an early age due to her parents' education background. Establishing nurturing relationships with students is an integral facet to their learning as often discussed in Pierson's speeches.
An educator since 1972, Pierson has been an educator for elementary schools, junior highs and special education. Pierson advocates for educators to cultivate a relationship with their students. She believes that through this relationship of nurturing, effective learning can take place.
Pierson has conducted workshops on professional development for numerous educators. She has coordinated seminars about building a person's esteem and strengths with students' parents and school faculty. She was responsible for implementing a community involvement program for urban elementary schools and organizing training in-school teams for students who require immediate intervention.