Rachel studied Speech Language Pathology and Psychology at the University of Kentucky before receiving her Masters degree in Education and her 3-6 American Montessori Society credential from Xavier University in 2018. Rachel spent three years co-teaching in a primary classroom at Providence Montessori School here in Lexington. Her personal teaching philosophy centers around creating a safe and welcoming community in which young learners can feel empowered as they develop skills in concentration, independence, and friendship. She believes in providing children with opportunities to engage in purposeful and meaningful work and exploration in the classroom, community, and natural world. In her spare time Rachel enjoys hiking, especially in the Red River Gorge, bike rides, cooking, and tending to her houseplants.