Rachel attended The Pingry School in Martinsville, NJ and went on to earn both a B.A. in Psychology as well as Master's Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from New York University. Rachel is fortunate to have spent her 15 years in education across a rich breadth of settings. Having begun her career at Brooklyn Friends School, she was attracted to the Quaker testimonies of Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality, Stewardship, as well as the overall approach to important matters such as building conflict resolution skills and respecting different people and ideas.
Rachel then spent the better part of a decade teaching at distinguished international schools in Stavanger, Norway, Brussels, Belgium and San Francisco, which exposed her to a rich diversity of cultures, teaching philosophies and students' learning styles. Among others, Rachel gained experience with a variety of educational approaches from Waldorf and Montessori to Reggio Amelia, as well as an appreciation of the Nordic philosophy stressing the importance of having children spend time outdoors.
More recently, Rachel taught at the Manhattan New School, (PS 290) in New York City, where she implemented the Reading and Writing Workshop from Teachers College at Columbia University and was trained during the Summer Institute at Columbia. Rachel has made it her life's work to cultivate children's desire and ability to think and learn, rather than simply teaching them what to think and learn.
Rachel lives in Jersey City with her husband and two young boys, and while she's not in the classroom she is a musician and singer, and has performed in venues in Europe, San Francisco and New York City. She takes pride in infusing music and movement into activities every day.
Rachel looks forward to working with you to bring a world-class educational experience to Jersey City.