2019 Henry Ford Innovation Nation Teacher of the Year
BSEd+ MAT + PhD Student + Author+ Teacher + RYT-500
Social Emotional Learning and Facilitation Coach +B.Div
Rachel is a globally recognized educator who was born in Worthington, OH, and started her educational career in Green Bay, WI. She received her Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from Baldwin Wallace University in 2013, and her Master of Education from Trinity Washington University in 2017. In 2017, Rachel also pursued her yoga teacher certification through Breathe for Change.
In 2019, Rachel was awarded the Henry Ford Innovation Nation Teacher of the Year award, and traveled to Uganda to train as an academic coach in the Bwindi school district with Limited Resource Teacher Training (LRTT). The program involved researching, modeling, sharing, and reflecting on 'best practices' with government officials, administrators, and educators. Following these training sessions, there was a large amount of discussion on how American culture and Ugandan culture complimented each other. When she returned home she published her 1st children's book, Maggie the Moomaid, which won a Mom's Choice Award in June 2020.
After her training in Uganda, Rachel joined the PhD program at George Mason University and began to reflect on current teaching practices that are meant to support culturally, linguistically, and cognitively diverse students. Finding the research lacking in how to support students communicating non-verbally, Rachel began collaborating on a research text that combines metaphysics, image based communication, and educational pedagogy.
Rachel is currently finishing her Bachelors of Divination at the University of Minnesota and is completing editing a book called Cases on Supreme Court Rulings and Inclusivity for Culturally, Linguistically, and Cognitively Diverse Students due out late 2021. She resides in Alexandria, VA with her husband and is the interim editor for the American Educational Research Association Graduate Student Council Newsletter.
Help create change in the educational field!
Over 50% of the students in my classroom speak a language other than English at home.
I know the anxiety I feel when traveling to a new country, and struggling to speak. Struggling to ask for help, for clarification - these should not be stifling the 6 year olds in my classroom as they are learning the foundational elements of their educational career.
With two sets of inner ear translators, I would be able to give explicit instructions that my students can understand. Additionally, I would be able to learn more about them as learners, and humans.
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Our classroom has more than just Mrs. Terlop - we have occupational therapists, adaptive physical education teachers, speech and language pathologists, special education teachers, counselors, psychologists! All these fantastic people come in an out of our room every single day to support students. No matter what they need.