This is Rachel’s second year with Camp Fire, having started as a Unit Lead with Namanu Day Camp in the City. She is excited to contribute a lot of her environmental education knowledge and activities with Camp Fire and the kids at Sunnyside, as well as fun crafts, songs and games.
Rachel grew up in Ohio, and found her true calling of working with children in an educational environment while interning at Glen Helen Outdoor Education Center in Yellow Springs, OH.
During her free time Rachel likes to attend various festivals and cultural events, read, hike, listen to OPB radio, watch TV, and visit with family and friends. She also loves traveling, having been all over Europe, most of the U.S., Canada, and parts of Africa before she moved out to Oregon, and would like to do more in the future.
Rachel has worked at outdoor education centers in PA and CT, and has since headed out west. In Oregon, she has worked as a Before and After School Care Instructor with Ainsworth Elementary and Friendly House, an Assistant at West Hills and Child’s View Montessori schools, AmeriCorps member with Northwest Service Academy (NWSA), Tryon Creek Nature Camp Instructor (where her camp name was Stillwater), and as Program Activity Leader with Portland Parks & Recreation.
Rachel holds a Bachelors in Environmental Studies and Sociology-Anthropology from Oberlin College and a Graduate Degree in Environmental Education from Southern Oregon University.