Teacher Quality Data and Policy Analyst
Rachel researches, cleans, analyzes, and interprets key teacher data, with a focus on understanding patterns of access to strong, well-supported teachers for low-income students and students of color. Rachel joined Ed Trust after working as a reporting project coordinator at the American Institutes for Research (AIR). While there, she facilitated the development of value-added model reports for New York, Texas, and the Teacher and Leader Evaluation Systems Study. Prior to joining AIR, she spent time in the classroom as a substitute teacher at a Navajo Nation school. She also worked with Illinois Action for Children to research barriers to accessing and delivering quality early childhood care and education and to help providers and programs connect with resources for improvement. In addition, she performed demographic and policy research at the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network for its State of the States report.
Rachel holds a master’s degree in Middle East Studies from Ben Gurion University and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the College of William and Mary.
I have a very hard time resisting making terrible puns.
Why are you passionate about working at Ed Trust?
I firmly believe that Ed Trust’s mission to ensure that all students have access to a quality public education is the goal of public education. I also deeply appreciate the organization’s balanced approach, focusing both on policies that support educators and schools in closing the achievement gap and on ending policies that enable neglect of the students most in need of a quality education. Plus, they let me play with spreadsheets.