Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Arts, History English 4-8 History 7-12 ESL Supplemental
Mrs. Rachel Barrett
Hello! I am thrilled to be starting here at LPS for my third year of teaching. Previously, I taught sixth grade World Cultures at Denton ISD and English, Language Arts and Reading at Gainesville ISD. I also have taught several reading intervention classes and have a passion for helping kids develop such a critical skill, as well as discover a genuine appreciation and love for literature.
My educational philosophy is that children should be supported and encouraged by their teachers to take ownership of their own goals and life's trajectory. I pride myself in working in collaboration with my students, their parents, and my colleagues to ensure that the kids in my classes are empowered to reach their full potential in life. I have a lot of fun when I teach, because I believe teachers who love teaching teach their students to love learning. However, I've also been known to give my students tough love when they need it. I would do just about anything for my students and care deeply about each of them.
As far as my class goes, much of our learning together will be centered around novel studies. We will be writing together each day in journals, where students will learn to cultivate a strong voice and to articulate ideas they feel passionately about. I typically do not have major exams in my class, although students can expect lots of pop quizzes to ensure they are keeping up with their reading at home. Most of our major grades will come from essays and of course some really exciting projects I have in the works!
Regarding tutorials, I will be available Tuesday afternoons until 5, Wednesday mornings at 7:15, and Friday afternoons (or by appointment).
My favorite thing to do outside of the classroom is spend time with my husband, who serves our community as a sheriff's deputy, and our two doodle dogs Winston and Arlo. They keep us on our toes! I also love to cook, watch classic movies, spend time outside in any capactiy, and listen to podcasts.
If you ever have any questions or would simply like to touch base, please do not hesitate to reach me by email. I look forward to working with you!