Rachel is a longtime Alaya teacher, beginning her time at Alaya in 2000 while she was a student at Naropa in the Early Childhood Education program. She later completed a master’s degree in Contemplative Education. In March 2022 she stepped into the role of Director of Alaya Preschool. Working with families and children and creating environments and holding space that nurtures children’s curiosity, creativity, and inner strength is her joy and her passion. She lives in Boulder with her husband Brian and daughter Wini. She enjoys traveling, camping, and exploring the hot springs of the west. At home, Rachel enjoys cooking, gardening, crafting, and anything that involves using power tools!!