Rachel RodriguezGrade 1 Teacher
At WES Since: 2020
What is one of your goals as a teacher?
My goal as a teacher is to reach every child to assist them in becoming avid learners. This requires getting to know children as individuals. A teacher needs to know each child’s experiences and interests and how they learn best. Teachers must foster a loving and safe space so their students feel comfortable to take academic risks.
What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
The best piece of advice I have been given is “You are always learning. Stay observant, stay curious, and always ask questions.”
I was inspired by my mother, who taught at St. Stephens and St. Agnes, to become a teacher. I found it fascinating that my mom and her colleagues could teach children to read and write while also helping them become confident socially and emotionally. I thought that teaching was a “super power.” I earned my master’s degree in early childhood and special education from Columbia University so that I could learn how to differentiate for all students. I taught special education in a New York City public school before moving back home to Washington, DC. I spent a few years at home when my kids were babies and was eager to get back in the classroom. I love cooking, running, and reading. My son Fritz is part of the WES Class of 2031.