Rachel

About Me:

I grew up in Baltimore with my older brother and two sisters. My family was very musical, and I learned to play the violin and piano, and for five summers I attended Walden, a music composition school. My final summer there in 2001, I received the Grace Newsom Cushman Award for leadership excellence and promoting positive values within the Walden community.

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Not afraid of hard work!

From kindergarten through 5th grade, I attended Friends School of Baltimore before transferring to Bryn Mawr School. I spent five years there through 10th grade, and graduated from The Hill School in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. I went on to Columbia University as an undergraduate, where I received my B.A. in Psychology in 2007. I then worked at the law firm Alston & Bird LLP as a paralegal in the Financial Services and Products division. I was the Blue Sky coordinator for the New York office and Chair of the Continuing Legal Education Committee, for which I planned and scheduled events. Following my time at Alston & Bird, I volunteered at the LGBT Community Center of New York in the library and media center. It was there that I met other volunteers who were library school students or graduates, and I realized that this was something I enjoyed very much. I enrolled at the School of Information and Library Science at UNC Chapel Hill, and the rest is history! I was quickly drawn to the idea of being a school library media specialist. What better way to make an impact than to contribute to educational achievement!

Having received my MSLS, I was offered a position as high school librarian of St. Timothy’s School, in Stevenson, Maryland. In my capacity as librarian, I worked with the students on research assignments, in particular the juniors on their Extended Essays for the IB Diploma. I also collaborated with other teachers to provide support and instruction to students in honing information literacy skills. Beyond my responsibilities as librarian, I served as a student advisor and coach of the Cross-Country team.

Unexpected budget constraints precluded St. Timothy's from renewing my contract, so I took my current position in the Baltimore City Public School system as school library media specialist and technology coordinator. I now divide my time between two schools, Pimlico Elementary/Middle and Renaissance Academy High, where I provide research and technology assistance to students and faculty.

In addition to reading, I enjoy playing the piano, running, sewing (customized messenger bags are my specialty!), video editing, meditating, Greek mythology, crossword puzzles, and travel.