Rachel serves as Educational Leadership Specialist at the Utah State Board of Education. In her role, she collaborates with and supports school leadership throughout the state of Utah. Rachel has served in the roles of teacher, CTE director, and secondary school principal at Spectrum Academy and district secondary special education literacy specialist at Granite School District. Rachel has taught elementary, middle grades, and high school. Rachel’s leadership experience is also inclusive of program management at Salt Lake Community College where she oversaw a variety of projects including those that served underrepresented and non-traditional students. Rachel finds joy in fostering leadership in others. She has served as the advisor for student body officers and for student council where she worked to grow leadership skills in students. Further, she has mentored and coached myriad teachers. In addition to her commitment to and love for education, she has a passion for the arts. Prior to entering the education field, Rachel worked for Ballet West. She served as the Board Chair for the Grand Theatre, as the gala chairperson for the Salt Lake Arts Academy, and as the volunteer parent for the Beverly Taylor Sorenson Arts program where she oversaw the gala at Beacon Heights Elementary. Rachel earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah, her special education license from Weber State University and her Master of Education with Educational Leadership Licensure from Southern Utah University. Rachel enjoys distance running. She’s run multiple marathons, 25ks, and half marathons. She shared her love of running with her students by creating a running club when she taught junior high and then later served as the secondary school cross country coach. Rachel also enjoys reading and writing everything from poetry to pieces related to work, creating and enjoying the arts, playing board games with her family and friends, and traveling.