Monday, May 7, 2012

Staff Spotlight: The Awesomeness that is Rachel!

A Chapel Hill native (it's true! There are a few of those out there), Rachel has been studying Early Childhood Education since 1996. She earned an Associates in Early Childhood Education, a Bachelors in Birth through Kindergarten Education, and is currently rounding the bases with a Masters in Early Childhood Intervention and Family Support. Someplace in there, she has managed to work and be a Mother of the sweet and fabulous Adelaide. Rachel came to The Little School in August 2009 where she spearheaded the half day program on Davis Road. This summer she will leave the classroom and join the programing team at our upcoming Little School at Duke Campus. Along with her academic chops, she will bring many years of "in the trenches" teaching experience to her new post. We are thrilled that she will be there to inspire our new Duke program.

* How did you find your way to TLS? 
I was the Orange County TA (Technical Assistant) for CCSA (Child Care Services Association) and worked with The Little School on their Duke grant in 2008.  In January 2009 I had my daughter and stayed home with her for 4 months, when I heard TLS was thinking about opening a half day program I contacted them, and the rest is history.

* What was the most interesting trip you have taken?
The 8 (June/July) week drive through the US, Canada and Alaska. I saw amazing views, animals and enough mosquitoes to last me a lifetime. I hiked several mountains in the Canadian Rockies and Alaska.  Fished for halibut, and cooked it the same night by camp fire, and almost hit a grizzly bear (I interrupted it taking care of business in the middle of the road in nowhere Canada).  

* If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you?
Drew Barrymore

* If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
I would want to be telepathic, to fly and to have healing powers.

* What is something about you that most people may not know?
I am a bit obsessed with Science Fiction/Zombie/Vampire movies, TV shows and novels.

* What is your happiest childhood memory/what makes it so special?

Hanging out at the neighborhood pool during my summers.  Making lifelong friends, swimming, and not a care in the world.

* What is your favorite children’s book?
It’s a toss up between Ferdinand by Munro Leaf and Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox

* What's your favorite tree or What is your favorite flower? (Why?)
Gerbera Daisies.  They come in many beautiful colors and evoke memories of childhood, spring, and happiness.

* What did you want to be when you were 12 years old? 
A veterinarian

* What would you listen to if you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life?
Don’t stop Believin’ “Journey” Maybe not the rest of my life, but at least once a day.

* If you could do any other job in the world, what would it be? 
Set designer for TV or movies

* What do you value most or hold most dear at TLS?
The love each teacher has for the children at the school.  I love that I get to work at the same school that my daughter is a student at.  I value the relationships I have with the staff, parents and children at TLS.  

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