George Mason University
United States of America - Alexandria
Teacher, Author, Academic, Yogi, Daughter, Sister, Wife
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.