"Rachel’s Mindful Monday sessions and Wednesday yoga classes ground me. As an adult with unmedicated ADHD and PTSD, the grounding, positive environment Rachel creates with her presence is reaffirming to me. I feel my stress lift when I see her smile or hear her warm greetings. All who come into contact with this giving, open, compassionate person are improved when she asks us to look inward and focus on the energy we absorb and exert from and into our surroundings. Rachel’s gatherings create a strong sense of community full of healing and laughter. She takes our journey together so seriously that she maintains a consistent air of positivity and generosity with herself and her time. Rachel always challenges herself to model the change she wants to help bring to the world and it inspires her colleagues do the same. Rachel is so successful in this that her space is one where all staff gather in the morning before we work so that we may borrow some of the light she brings. This year has been made more enjoyable because of Rachel and her crucial work in Social-Emotional Learning."
Alex Randall, Peer Educator
Change Agent, Breathe for Change
John W. Ross Elementary School 2018-19, Washington, DC
Mindful Monday & Warrior Wednesday
Co-Lead Social Emotional Learning and Facilitation for Staff
Trainer, Breathe for Change
Summer 2018, Washington, DC
SEL*F Trainer & Support Trainer
Co-Lead Social Emotional Learning and Facilitation
RYT-200, Yoga Alliance
Certification completed Fall 2018 through Breathe for Change
Following certification, started a weekly yoga class to promote family engagement for the mothers and sons in my classroom.
Weekly sessions include yoga postures, mindfulness practice, breathing exercises, and meditation.