My name is Rachel Klein, and I'm excited to be the Extended Learning Program (ELP) coordinator for Williamsburg School District! A little bit about me: I grew up in New Hampton, Iowa where I was involved with cheerleading, choir, band, flags, and show choir. After graduation I attended Kirkwood Community College and got my sign language interpretation certificate. I then spent some time interpreting and training interpreters in Cameroon, Africa. While working with these students at a Deaf school, I realized my passion was teaching, and I returned to attend the University of Iowa. I graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor's in Education in 2010, with certificates in Reading and Language Arts. I then began working for Willowwind School in Iowa City as a Montessori Preschool teacher, after earning my certificate in 2013. In 2013, I also earned my Talented and Gifted endorsement. I am so excited to begin working with this wonderful group of kids, and have been so grateful for the welcome that I have received from the Williamsburg staff and community.
My husband and I live in Coralville, where he is the wellness lead for the Iowa City and Coralville New Pioneer Co-op. We have a two year old son, Ender, who I love hanging out with. I'm about halfway through my masters in Gifted Education. In my spare time (which is minimal with our little one's arrival) I enjoy anything outside, hiking, yoga, reading, and travel. I also work with the Belin Blank Center at the University of Iowa with gifted students. I'm looking forward to working with your child!