Rachel Kenyon teaches in the Math Department at Delaware Valley Friends School. She teaches upper school Algebra I and II as well as Consumer Math and Geometry. Rachel has taught at DVFS for her entire 26-year teaching career - 100% of her experience has been working with students who learn differently. In addition to her teaching duties, Rachel is also a student Advisor and has been a coach for various teams during her tenure at DVFS, including basketball, lacrosse and at one time soccer and softball.
Q: Why do you like teaching at DVFS?
I love the community, the mission, my colleagues and the students.
Q: How do you help students with learning differences learn?
With lots of individual attention and with their help.
Q: What is a unique experience, talent or interest that you bring to your classroom to help shape the learning experience of your students?
I have a lot of interests - it's hard to say what experiences were the most important in molding my character as a teacher, but I'll give two. I think my childhood, growing up in a very diverse neighborhood in D.C. gave me empathy and allowed me to see people as individuals, rather than members of a group. I think my background in sports, playing Division I basketball and club rugby (I was briefly an alternate on the U.S. team) gave me the experience of teamwork, setting goals and working to achieve them.
Q: In your experience, what sets DVFS students apart?
I think they have greater empathy than most students since not everything has been easy. I also think the community at DVFS helps mold them into being good citizens.
Q: How do your other roles at the school provide a different perspective?
As a coach you can see a student out of the classroom. With some students this is critical, because they have become so damaged by the educational process over the years, it becomes an opportunity to see them shine.