Rachel first came to the EEC as a parent when her youngest child started preschool in the 2’s class. She
quickly understood she had found a special school aligned with her philosophies as an educator and a
parent. Her son thrived in the play-rich environment and Rachel loved the opportunities to co-op and take an
active role in his learning experience. Rachel especially appreciated the way the preschool supported their
whole family and provided opportunities to continue to learn and grow as a parent. Rachel is grateful to rejoin
the EEC community as the assistant teacher in The Hummingbird’s class.
Rachel grew up in the Boston area as the youngest of six children. She graduated from Princeton University
with a degree in cultural anthropology. Upon graduation, she took a job teaching English at Can Tho
University in Vietnam. During this adventure, Rachel discovered she loved teaching. Upon returning home,
Rachel joined the New York City Teaching Fellows, which allowed her to earn her Master’s in Education at
Long Island University while teaching elementary school for the New York City Public Schools. After teaching
for several years in Brooklyn, Rachel began working as an educational consultant focused on reading and
writing instruction. She worked in various districts throughout the New York City Public Schools teaching
demonstration lessons, developing curriculum, and designing and implementing professional development
workshops for teachers and literacy coaches throughout New York City.
Eventually, Rachel relocated to Phoenix with her growing family. At this time, Rachel turned her focus toward
raising her children, volunteering in their classrooms as much as possible and experiencing education through
the lens of a parent. Whether as a parent or teacher, Rachel is endlessly curious about education and child
development and loves to ponder the ways we can empower and engage children in their learning. She is
thrilled to return to classroom teaching at the EEC and looks forward to collaborating with colleagues and
supporting families during this magical and pivotal time in their children’s development.
Rachel and her husband, Carter, have been married for 18 years and they have four sons. When Rachel is
not busy driving carpools, she loves to read, hike, ski and do pretty much anything active outdoors.