Rachel is a proud member of the Newsela team supporting NYC DOE educators, students, and families across the five boroughs. Prior to this role, Rachel worked on various Newsela teams, including professional learning, helping teachers maximize their understanding of how Newsela can support their instruction. A former middle school ELA and Social Studies teacher in Newark, NJ and Baltimore, Rachel has seen firsthand the power that great texts have in helping kids navigate the world around them. Rachel is passionate about ensuring our schools have authentic, accessible resources to ensure that all students find something they love to read. She brings a commitment to educational equity and teacher advocacy to her work, and cares deeply about amplifying the voices of educators within our organization. Outside of Newsela, Rachel loves road trips, Knicks games and visiting national parks (Bryce Canyon is her favorite!).