Chemistry doesn’t have to be dry or boring! The ideal class uses a fun approach to diligently examine the material. Rachel and her students enjoy laughing and learning together. She brings her subject to life by regularly incorporating real-life examples of chemistry principles in action, using both live and virtual demonstrations or mini-labs. Students are amazed at how much they can glean from experimenting with simple household products. Rachel appreciates that in her live classes, she can see the moments when concepts click for her students, which is, of course, everyone’s favorite part.
Rachel earned her Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Louisiana State University, followed by a Masters in Teaching from the University of Virginia, where she met and married her husband Caleb. She taught chemistry labs for three years at LSU and UVA before beginning an intensive, five-year teaching fellowship through the Knowles Teacher Initiative. Rachel taught regular and honors chemistry for five years in a public school outside of Charlottesville before leaving the classroom for motherhood. Three kids (and several moves!) later, she and her family live in Grove City, Pennsylvania. There, Rachel classically homeschools her two young daughters while her husband is a professor at Grove City College. She is fascinated by the intersection between faith and science and the way those two strands intertwine in her classroom. She fully agrees with St. Augustine’s statement: “Everything that is true comes from the One who said, ‘I am the Truth’.”
In her spare time, Rachel helps organize the children’s ministry at Grace Anglican Church (ACNA), leads a Bible study for college girls at Grove City College, and teaches science for a small, local homeschool co-op. She also enjoys reading, baking, rediscovering the piano and all things LSU!