Rebecca comes to AMAZE after 15 years of teaching middle school students in both public and independent school settings. She has thrived on creating “Aha” moments for her students and believes that those moments must be fostered and nurtured in a strong school community that educates the whole child. Schools must provide not only a rigorous academic education for the mind, but also a model for building community, developing healthy relationships, and fostering a strong sense of identity, self-worth, and self-esteem. A child can only reach their full potential when educators recognize and respond to all aspects of that child’s identities, needs, background, interests, and abilities. A child can only be successful when they feel safe, cared for, respected, and understood. Through her work at AMAZE, Rebecca strives to help schools create a strong school community where schools and teachers model for students and families an acceptance of and enthusiasm for diversity and difference.
Rebecca taught middle school humanities at Friends School of Minnesota, a K-8 progressive, independent Quaker school for ten years. She was also the school’s Diversity Coordinator, working on issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice on institutional, state, and regional levels. Prior to that, she taught in public school school settings in Hopkins, Minneapolis, and Glenview, IL. Before becoming a teacher, she worked in a variety of spheres, including domestic violence, women’s rights, immigration issues, and environmental justice. She holds a Masters in Education from DePaul University and a BA in Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is currently a racial justice facilitator for the YWCA Minneapolis.
She is passionate about her family, reading, puzzles and games, her garden, laughing out loud with children, and working to create a more just and equitable world for her two daughters and future generations.