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Rachel Garcia

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Rachel Garcia

Hometown: Norton, Massachusetts
Academic Background:  B.A. in American Studies, Cornell University; M.S. in teaching, Fordham University
LSOE program and concentration: M.Ed., Educational Leadership (non-license)

What did you do before studying at LSOE?

After graduating from Cornell University, I joined the New York City Teaching Fellowship and taught Kindergarten and 1st grade in a high-needs, low-resourced, and overcrowded public school for 3 years in the northern Manhattan neighborhood of Washington Heights. I earned my first masters (M.S. Teaching) at Fordham University in 2008. I moved back to Massachusetts after my 3rd year of teaching, and spent one year in Newton teaching Pre-Kindergarten in a well funded private preschool. In 2010, I was hired by the City Connects Program at Boston College to teach a skills-based health and wellness curriculum about Nutrition, Physical Activity, Drugs, Tobacco, and Alcohol prevention, and Anti-Bullying/Social Skills. I am currently in my second year in the program. 

What are your research interests?

I am very interested in educational reform and educational policy- there are many areas within American education that need serious overhaul. I would like to research more strategies for empowering schools in this new age of accountability and curriculum standards.

What led you to pursue graduate studies at the Lynch School of Education?

Boston College has a phenomenal reputation for academics. I knew I wanted to pursue a second Masters degree and also I knew that I wanted to stay in the field of education. Several of my coworkers and friends have also received degrees from Boston College and LSOE and highly recommended the programs offered. I am extremely happy with my education at LSOE!

How have you gained practical experience at the Lynch School of Education?

I work for the City Connects program within the Lynch School of Education. I teach their health program at local Boston Public Schools. The health and wellness curriculum is skills-based with four modules about nutrition, physical activity, drugs, tobacco, alcohol prevention, and anti-bullying/social skills. My program supervisors selected the schools I have worked for in this program, based on student population needs and identified health and wellness deficits. Last year, I was placed at a small elementary school, and am currently at a large K-8 school.

What are your career goals?

I haven’t yet settled on what my career path will be. I do know that I would like to work on state or national level educational reform movements or educational policy programs. I want my career to be impactful and bring about the most positive change for school programs and environments. I am dedicated to improving the educational opportunities for students across America.