Rachel earned her B.S. in Management Information Systems from Binghamton University before working as a computer consultant in NYC. It was during this time that Rachel also volunteered at the International Center helping ESL students refine their English speaking skills. It was her work at the Center that made her realize she was more motivated in helping others and living abroad than working 70 hours a week on software development.
So as all 22 year olds do, she quit her job and traveled across the world, landing in Australia, where she obtained her work visa and was lucky enough to find a teaching assistant position at the University of Notre Dame’s satellite campus in Freemantle. It was here that Rachel realized her passion for teaching and applied to Columbia’s Teachers College. Upon getting in, Rachel traveled back to NYC and in time obtained her M.A. in Computing and Education.
After teaching at the middle school level for 7 years in North Carolina, Rachel ended up in Vermont a stay-at-home Mom, raising her two children. The most important job Rachel will ever take on, she found herself, looking for another outlet beyond her home making career.
An on and off part of Rachel’s life since she was 18 years old, her husband gave Rachel a new yoga mat for Christmas in 2009. Getting back on the mat and combined with the encouragement of her family and amazing mentors, Rachel began studying under Kathy McNames of Yoga Vermont to obtain her 200 hour yoga teacher training certification, the initial certification recognized by Yoga Alliance. Today, Rachel is an E-RYT – Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance, having taught over 4 years and logging more than 1000 hours of teaching. She continues to study under the guidance of Kathy working towards her 500 hour certification. She teaches in a wide variety of venues, including gyms, studios, a physical therapist office, a chiropractor’s office, as well as privately. She is looking to expand and grow her private practice, believing that when you are willing to bring yoga to the individual, offering catered instruction, the benefits can be better understood and realized. Looking towards the future, Rachel is hoping to connect with business wellness coordinators and teaching yoga at the collegiate level given her educational background.
Something most people do not know about Rachel is when visiting Indonesia, she bungee jumped by herself on a whim.