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. After graduation, she served as an adjunct professor for Early Childhood Education courses at Trinity Washington for three years.
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. She was in the Bwindi school district teaching and learning Limited Resource Teacher Training (LRTT). The program involved researching, modeling, sharing, and reflecting on culturally appropriate pedagogy with government officials, administrators, and educators. When she returned home Rachel joined the Early Childhood Special Education PhD program at George Mason University and published her 1st children’s book, Maggie the Moomaid, which won a Mom’s Choice Award in June 2020.
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, Rachel began her artist residency (weekend-edition) at The GIANT Room in New York City in 2022.
Rachel’s full title includes “Reverend Doctor” as she earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Divinity through the University of Metaphysical Sciences, as well as her PhD in Transpersonal Counseling. She is a 500 hour registered yoga teacher (RYT-500) and ‘Reiki Master,’ having completed all three levels of training.