I am excited to enrich the experiences and resources of homeschooled youth in my community. Through private instruction and group classes, I create and refine material that is geared specifically to the needs and desires of this population. I offer classes and lessons in creative writing, history, and literary appreciation and analysis, and workshops for young writers.
Though not formally homeschooled, my educational trajectory involved a high degree of self-directed learning, independent research, and “extracurricular” pursuits. I attended a college modeled on individualized and interdisciplinary study, in which all students worked closely with an advisor and additional mentors to craft a curriculum that reflected their intellectual interests and creative aspirations. There, I met mentors who nurtured my love for learning and unique interests and perspectives while also broadening them. The success of the program relied upon student responsibility, intensive mentoring, and a broader environment of community support and engagement. In graduate school, I continued to mold my educational ambitions as I pursued more immersive research, writing, and teaching in the fields that captivated my interests: cultural studies, minority literature, and information ecology.
These learning experiences have shaped my approach to teaching: I meet my students where they are and take them where they want to go. I design curricula that foster their innate curiosity and expand its reach. I am excited and directed by their passion and am accessible, resourceful, and flexible. My background and interests are thoroughly multidisciplinary and multi-dimensional. I have both a broad and deep knowledge of topics in the humanities, the arts, and social sciences. Self-directed learning is my passion, and I continue to follow my interests on whatever path they lead. I look forward to helping your children take this journey!
AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION (I am always adding to this list!)
- World History, including U.S., European, and African histories
- World literature: poetry, fiction, nonfiction, ephemera of all sorts and shapes
- History and Theory of visual and performing arts: music, painting, dance, sculpture, theater
- Information Studies: history and theories of the media and visual culture
- Politics, including the study of the practice of government and theories of governance
- Philosophy, Sociology, and histories of social theory
- Private Sessions: I meet with students in-person throughout portions of Alameda, Contra Costa, and Marin counties. I work remotely with students across the country.
- Group Creative Writing Classes:
Fridays, 10:30-12 PM
Bi-weekly series 1/18-4/26
8 classes total: $200
Contact Rachel directly to register
Mondays, 4-5:15 PM
Weekly series 1/7-3/25
5 classes per session: $124/134 (non-residents)
Meets at the Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Avenue
Visit Albany Community Center’s website to register
I am a participating vendor with Valley View/Pacific Charter Institute, Vista Oaks, Visions in Education, and Summit Academy.
Pending clearance: Connecting Waters.