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Sixth Grade Team

ZACK MOUW

bio_mouw.jpgHaving spent 22 years of his life overseas, Zack brings unique perspective and experience to the Rossman faculty. Born in Panama City, Panama, to missionary parents, he developed a passion for travel at an early age, which eventually led him to begin his education career at TLC International School in Dongguan, China. There he served as an elementary educator and administrator, earning Elementary Teacher of the Year in 2016.

Holding a Master of Education in Teaching and Learning from Liberty University, Zack discovered his passion for working with children while working at a YMCA summer camp during his undergraduate years at Tennessee Temple University. His favorite part of being a teacher is the opportunity to build relationships with students. “I love working with upper elementary students and am most passionate about teaching reading comprehension,” he says.

This father of three and former captain of the Tennessee Temple basketball team fiercely believes joy should permeate every classroom. “Throughout the learning process, laughter should be heard and smiles should be seen from all students,” he says. “I believe that it is essential to reach the hearts of students, not just the minds.”

In addition to time with family and continued travel, Zack enjoys reading, shooting hoops, playing guitar and writing songs.

 

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Rachel Price

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Rachel’s life has been marked by a love for learning and a love for people. She discovered her passion for teaching while serving as a volunteer English and music teacher in Buenos Aires. Having earned her Bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Belmont University in Nashville, Rachel moved to Argentina upon graduating. There she taught students ranging from young children to adults. “As soon as I started teaching middle school, I knew I had found something special,” she says.

After five months abroad, Rachel obtained a Masters in education while teaching math at a public middle school in New York City. Utilizing her unique background, she piloted the school’s content-based ESL program, which helps keep non-native English speakers at grade-level math while continuing to develop their English speaking, reading and writing skills.

A St. Louis resident since 2017, Rachel taught math at two area schools before coming to Rossman. Her aim is to provide her students with an engaging and collaborative math experience that reveals how the subject applies to their lives every day. “When I see students engaging in the learning process and realizing they all have some insight to bring to the table, I can’t help but smile from ear to ear,” she says. “My hope as a teacher is that I empower my students now so that they can empower others in the future.”

Rachel remains particularly fond of educating middle school-age children. “This ‘in-between’ phase is such an important time for developing social and emotional skills,” she says. “I enjoy getting to know each student individually in order to support them however I can,” she says.

Originally a classical piano major at Belmont, Rachel still plays often. She also enjoys maintaining her language skills with Spanish novels and spending time with her husband and Australian shepherd.

 

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