Teaching has been Rachel’s passion ever since she was 7 years old and had access to a blackboard, a school desk and a willing younger brother. Early in her teaching career she realized she enjoyed coming along side children whose behaviors communicated that not all was right with them. Over the years Rachel found great satisfaction in helping students overcome obstacles and gain confidence in school settings where they began to find their way. During the last fifteen years of her full-time teaching career in Minnesota, Rachel also came alongside hundreds of teachers, offering Professional Development to help them find greater success in their classrooms by offering research based, proven, practical strategies that work with difficult students.
Rachel agrees with Madeline Hunter who said, “Kids don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care”. An important ingredient missing in many of our classrooms today is a deep connection with kids. Rachel believes that research is clear: when students know you value them as a human being , they will work harder for you and challenge you less.
Rachel has most of her teaching career in Special Education, and more specifically dealing with students who qualified for services under Emotional Behavioral Disorder. She taught in both in the elementary and secondary setting, and she currently teaches in a self contained elementary program for students with behavioral needs near Phoenix,AZ. Rachel was an adjunct professor at two Minnesota Universities, teaching graduate level courses in the area of Behavior Management. From 2012-2019 Rachel taught at an international K-12 school in Seoul, South Korea where she pioneered Arrowsmith, a program based on the application of neuroscience research and the premise that it is possible to address a range of specific learning difficulties by identifying and strengthening cognitive capacities. arrowsmithschool.org During her time in Seoul, Rachel developed her seminar Neuroplasticity Changes Everything and shared it with staff and parents to educate others how to teach and parent with the brain in mind.
Rachel believes educators have the toughest job in America as they are asked every day to wear many different hats – parent, nurse, counselor, teacher, lawyer – just to name a few. Rachel understands that students come into our classrooms and schools with different backgrounds and cultures and that their cognitive abilities, assets and experiences are just as wide ranging.
Rachel is dedicated to helping educators to be successful through motivation, inspiration, and a common-sense approach to managing difficult students. Most importantly, she will present strategies that can be immediately implemented and that will positively affect the classroom climate. When is comes to dealing with difficult students, her goal for you is less stress – more rapport.