Rachel Harrison

What is your educational background?

My bachelor’s degree is in Political Science and German Language from Metropolitan State College of Denver.  Originally, I had hoped to go into law, however, while interning at a law firm in Berlin and teaching part time for a family friend at a Waldorf school, I realized my true passion and heart belonged to teaching.  I returned home with renewed enthusiasm and got my Master’s degree in Educational Psychology at University of Colorado Denver while doing my student teaching at Stanley British Primary and Steele Elementary in Denver.  In 2015, I decided to pursue Educational Policy and Leadership and with a principal license at the University of Denver.


What is your favorite subject?

I most enjoy teaching math and writing! Both of these subjects can be sometimes intimidating and laborious for students, so I like to approach these subjects with my students with a “mental toughness” attitude.  Yes, they can take a lot time, hard work and be process oriented, however with perseverance and a positive growth mindset, they can be the most rewarding. I often observe the most growth from my students academically and emotionally during the process of these two subjects areas.


What do you like best about teaching?

What I most enjoy about teaching is the relationships I get to build with my students and families each year.  There is nothing more satisfying than watching my students grow and flourish in their academic and social/emotional development throughout the school year.  It’s so rewarding! Even better is when they come back the next year or even years later and tell me how much they learned while being in my class.


How do you prepare students to meet future challenges?

In my class, I emphasize the importance of relationships to each other and how to work together as a collaborative team.   By understanding that our world is complex and that it takes many minds working together to solve complex problems, it helps our students be better prepared for their future.


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