New Orleans Leadership Coach - Math Instruction & Design
Rachel is an analytical, data-driven educator who is passionate about math education and its connection to building equitable schools for all students. She coaches school teams across the New Orleans region and leads the development of math content sessions in her role as Leadership Coach - Math Instruction & Design at Leading Educators.
As a student, Rachel sought to understand the “whys” behind the math she engaged in, but often relied on tricks or procedures she learned. Now as an educator, Rachel seeks to ensure teachers, school leaders, and students know and understand the larger concepts behind the math. She believes that math is a creative discipline and must be taught as such in classrooms across the country. Math classrooms have the power to be spaces for students to develop reasoning, problem-solving, and analytical skills that can serve them throughout their lives.
Previously, Rachel was a founding math teacher and instructional coach at a turnaround school that posted the highest gains in New Orleans in its founding year. Rachel worked as a math content specialist at Achievement Network where she created and reviewed math interim assessments and supporting materials used in over 500 schools educating 150,000 students nationwide. Most recently, she served as a network-based math director where she led the adoption and implementation of high-quality math curricula and coached school leaders and teachers in content and use of data.
Rachel holds an Ed.M. in Education Policy & Management from Harvard Graduate School of Education and a B.A. in American Studies from Lafayette College. She enjoys traveling, playing softball, and spending time with her mini schnauzer, Cluckers.
What Inspires You? I love doing math in a collaborative setting. I learn so much when when I am able to hear from others about their strategies and approaches. I also believe that when we discuss math as a group of educators, our students will benefit.
Fun-fact: Rachel has traveled to all 50 states in the U.S.!