After spending a few years working overseas after college, Rachel decided she wanted to return to middle school to work directly with children and youth. She began her career in her hometown of Washington, D.C. as a middle school counselor at a charter school where she worked for three years before moving to St. Louis to get her graduate degree. Rachel has worked directly with children and youth for over 25 years while also developing programs and policies supporting children’s education at the local, state, and national levels. Rachel enjoys working at FSA because its mission and values mirror her own. She is also very active with her local yoga community where she became a trained instructor in 2008 and continues to enjoy being a student of yoga, as well as a teacher. Rachel’s goal at FSA is to create safe physical and emotional spaces that students, families, and colleagues can use to process and move through the challenges that inevitably present themselves.