Rachel Awkward, MSEd – Special Education Teacher (7-8 Group)

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Rachel received her Bachelor’s degree from Bryn Mawr College, her Master’s Degree in special education from Bank Street College, and her Master’s Degree in social work from Columbia University. She currently holds her New York State Certification in both Childhood and Special Education in grades 1-6. For the past five years, Rachel has been working at Mary McDowell Friends School with elementary aged students who have learning disabilities. As a classroom teacher, she worked with third and fourth graders. Rachel is passionate about differentiating content based on students’ strengths, struggles, and academic goals so that content is accessible to students. She also enjoys working with students to support them in understanding how their specific disabilities impact them, as well as supports and strategies that allow them to be successful as learners. As an educator, she continuously looks for opportunities to include social-emotional and social skill instruction in her teaching so that she is able to help students to grow in their understanding and management of their own feelings, and also so they can grow and improving their social interactions with others