Hello there! My name is Rachel, and I'm elated to have the opportunity to work with your students!
I was born in Washington, D.C. but raised in a rural town called Davidsonville, MD. I am the third of six children (which usually surprises many people), out of which the largest age gap is only 9 years (which surprises people even more). That being said, an inherent part of my family life was teaching. My mother homeschooled us, I and my older sisters taught the three younger siblings the rules of the house and helped with homework whenever necessary. I didn't realize how this would train me in the art of explanation, which became useful in high school when my peers requested my tutoring in Spanish and Biology. This expanded when I volunteered as a journalism mentor in a D.C. middle school. In all honesty, whether I was explaining an answer in class or giving tips to my mentees, I loved every part of constructively demonstrating my processes of thinking, some which I formed and others which I learned from other people. I feel most comfortable in English, Spanish, Biology, and mathematics.
Beyond being a life-long teacher, I am a college student at Princeton University. To my new home, I've carried so many passions that I formed in my first 17 years of life: I packed piano sheet music ranging from Scott Joplin to Jean Philippe Rameau; I carried small notebooks because I love spontaneously writing. In high school, I wrote for two magazines about fashion, style, and books, and I also helped manage a book review website.
I'm planning to major in the Woodrow Wilson School for International Relations. After I studied abroad in Peru in July 2014, I knew that I wanted to put my global mindset to the benefit of others. That experience taught me a very important lesson: we can't teach what we don't know, and we can't lead where we don't go. I would love to say much more, but for now, I'm so excited to join the Princeton Tutoring team.
Education: Princeton University
Undergrad Major: International Relations
Other Degrees/Minors: Spanish Minor
Class Rank: 2
Awards & Honors: Salutatorian, Principalâ€™s Commendation (9-12), Member of the Spanish Honors Society, Member of the National Honors Society, Member of the Mu Alpha Theta Honors Society, Acceptance and participation in the NOAA Center for Atmospheric Sciences CAREERS Camp, National Spanish Exam, Level 2, Silver Medal Finalist, National Spanish Exam, Level 3, Gold Medal Finalist, National Spanish Exam, Level 4, Gold Medal FinalisT, Acceptance and Participation in the Experiment and International Living, Peru Summer Experience, PEN/Faulkner Annual Essay Contest Winner, Dartmouth Book Award (12), First Place Winner in Plant Sciences Category Science Fair, Overall First Place Winner of BBAHS Science Fair, DC Citywide Science Fair Finalist
Interests & Activities: Co-leader of the BBAHS Aspen Challenge, Washington, DC Team, Winter Ball Decorator, Chairwoman of the Graduation Committee, Piano Classes and Performances, President of the International Club, Newspaper Club, Writer for Tween Girl Style Magazine, Creative Manager for bookedforreview.com, Writer for LOVE Girls, DC Magazine, Mu Alpha Theta Honors Society, President of the National Honors Society, World Languages Honors Society, Julia Alvarez Chapter, Amnesty International, Aspen Challenge Team: creating a business solution to address poverty in our community, Mistress of Ceremonies for the First Annual Benjamin Banneker Academic HS International Day, Mistress of Ceremonies for the Eighth Annual Benjamin Banneker Academic HS Hispanic Heritage Month, Benjamin Banneker Academic HS Annual Promâ€™s Promises Breakfast Volunteer (Assistant Manager), Benjamin Banneker Academic HS Annual Senior Awards Ceremony (Volunteer, Manager of Guest Speakers), Dance Lessons (la marinera)
SAT Scores: 750 Math, 720 Critical Reading, 740 Writing
AP Exams: 3 AP World History
SAT Subject Tests: 710 Math Level 1, 620 Biology E, 720 Spanish
Location: Princeton University