“My preference is African-American because I appreciate how the term connects me to my African origins. I also love how the term always keeps the idea in my mind that I have an intersectionality of African and American in my blood.”
Rachel is a veteran teacher with over 25 years in the classroom. Her expertise is in the area of adolescent and teen literacy with a major concentration on urban male students. Rachel has researched the minds of reluctant readers and writers and provides proven "no-fail" techniques in the areas of writing and reading instruction. Rachel has worked as a teacher, administrator, curriculum writer, and literacy coach. In these positions, Rachel designed literacy programs and mentored teachers in all areas of literacy. Through writing contests, book clubs, and spoken word programs, Rachel has found a number of ways to motivate students to read and write. Through a hands-on approach, Rachel helps guide teachers in the area of urban literacy.
A Cabrini College alumni, Rachel received her graduate degree from Kutztown University. The recipient of two fellowships and other notable awards, Rachel credits her success to her Education professors at Cabrini College. As a doctoral candidate at Widener University, Rachel is currently working on her dissertation research which is focused on multicultural literacy. Although Rachel spends most of her professional time researching literacy and best practices, Rachel enjoys leisure time. She spends her free time with her husband of 25 years and two teen daughters. If there is any time left in her day, you can find Rachel with her nose in a good fiction book.
Daddy, REAd to Me (DREAM): is more than a book, it is a literacy experience between a father and son. The DREAM book provides fun activities that a father can do with his son while promoting reading. Dad, become your son's “reading role model” by reading with him. A father can promote reading and change his son’s entire future. A boy who has a father as a reading role model during his early literacy years is more likely to develop the behaviors of a literate person.