Reverend & Social Emotional Learning and Facilitation Coach
M.A.T., M. Div., RYT-500
Rachel is a globally minded 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. Her interest in Project Zero, the constant quest to make thinking visible, and love of art have grounded her in a space of researching how children learn in artistic spaces, museums, and maker spaces.
In alignment with her passion for art, technology, and creative expression with young children, she began her artist in residency at The GIANT Room. Current art projects can be found on Rachel's Etsy page.