Personal growth and development fascinate Rachel. She began supporting people to find their wings while guiding teams of middle-school children through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in 1992. Teaching and learning outdoor sports like sea-kayaking and rock-climbing infused her coaching philosophy with the idea that "challenge within reason" is essential for positive change.
Her life-long love of the outdoors propelled her to seek degrees in Biology and Ecology (BS Biology with Honors, MS Ecology, MS Biology), while her life-long love of learning encouraged her to transition to: instructor, academic advisor, and career services and internship program director at various academic institutions (UNC-CH, UCDavis, Oregon State University, and Sterling College). For thirteen years, she ran her own private mentoring company for graduate, undergraduate, and college students. With her Socratic method students developed their skills and love for geometry, algebra, calculus, statistics, biology, chemistry, physics, and writing.
She also coaches clients through long-term projects, career exploration and transitions, and educational choices and application processes. She truly enjoys creating the scaffolding for clients to express their expectations for transitions and/or project development, management, and completion and then support them as they bridge their expectations with actions steps and time-lines that encourage them to meet their goals.
Rachel believes that communicating is key. She loves to create opportunities for understanding through language and behavioral awareness between team members, clients, and leaders. Clients derive great benefit when she supports and coaches them as they recognize ways to improve communication. Her clients develop their own understanding of ideal communications as critical solution to increased productivity, quality of care, quality of life, and business financial goals