Rachel is working towards a Masters degree in the Child Study and Education graduate program at the Ontario Institute of Education. She grew up in Vaughan, Ontario and moved to Waterloo for four years to complete an Undergraduate degree in Political Science at Wilfrid Laurier University. Rachel’s passion for working with children began at a very young age as she had many opportunities to babysit neighbors and friends of friends, which later led to this being her primary choice of part time work throughout her undergraduate degree. Rachel has also spent many summers as a counsellor at overnight and day camps, and had the responsibility of planning engaging activities, keeping children safe, and in good spirits. Over the past year, Rachel has had the opportunity to observe, teach, help plan instruction and monitor student progress in a grade one classroom, and one junior kindergarten classroom. These experiences coupled with Rachel’s background in psychology, political science and social justice, have made her an extremely passionate advocate for the importance of early literacy development. Rachel believes that children learn best when they feel secure with their educators because it allows them to freely explore new concepts or methods without being afraid to make mistakes.In her spare time, Rachel enjoys playing guitar, participating in recreational sports, baking and playing with dogs.