Born and raised in the Bay Area, Ms. Rachel enlisted in the U.S. Air Force after graduating from high school and subsequently served eight years on active duty. Her service took her around the world to countries such as Japan, Korea, Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan where she enjoyed experiencing new cultures. Ms. Rachel currently serves in the Air Force Reserves.
Prior to discovering Montessori, Ms. Rachel had spent time as an after-school tutor, summer camp counselor, nanny and play-based preschool teacher. She always knew that she wanted a career working with children. She believes that early childhood education is key as it sets a proper foundation for the rest of the child’s development and school years. Ms. Rachel appreciates Montessori for the independence and love of learning it instills, and above all, the respect for the child.
As so many of our best teachers have done, Ms. Rachel started her career at the Montessori School of Silicon Valley as an intern, advancing over the years to become a co-teacher and is now a lead guide with her own classroom!
Seeing the spark in children when they discover something or master a new task, as well as witnessing phenomenal academic and social growth in the children in the Montessori environment is Ms. Rachel’s favorite part of leading a classroom.
Ms. Rachel’s personal educational journey includes earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies from the University of Maryland. Next she completed her American Montessori Society primary credential from St. Mary’s College of California and is currently in pursuit of a Master’s Degree in Education.
In her spare time, Ms. Rachel enjoys hiking, paddleboarding and attending concerts.