Rachel is a Technical Assistance Specialist at AnLar. Driven by a deep knowledge of public education practices, a passion for early learning, and a strengths-based leadership style, she is skilled in establishing productive relationships, collaboration, and strategic planning to solve complex issues related to early learning and early childhood special education.
Prior to joining AnLar, Rachel served five years as a regional Early Childhood and Literacy Specialist in Texas, working closely with the state agency to support implementation of legislation, early childhood and literacy initiatives, and high quality prekindergarten practices. Fueled by the belief that, regardless of setting, high-quality early learning is critical for student outcomes, Rachel sought partnerships with community stakeholders, local non-profits, and early learning councils to address the needs of young children and their families across the region. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education from The University of Oklahoma and Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of North Texas, Rachel spent 12 years both as a classroom teacher and instructional leader for early childhood special education programs in North Texas.
Rachel recently moved to southwest Colorado with her husband, son, and two rescue pit bulls where she enjoys all the mountains have to offer – especially hiking, mountain biking, Jeeping, and skiing. When not exploring the great outdoors, Rachel can be found relaxing with a good cup of coffee and a book, coaching strength and fitness classes, or obsessively watching college football (Boomer Sooner!).