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Rachel Ackerman

Rachel Ackerman

Rady School Academic Advisor

Education

M.S., University of Montana, Environmental Studies, 2019
B.S., Ohio University, Science Education, 2012

Biography

I was born in Cleveland and resided in Ohio until I graduated college. After, I began my teaching career as a high school science teacher in Denver. As a Teach for America corps member, I taught science to eighth graders at Denver School of Science and Technology before heading further west to engage with outdoor education at the Keystone Science School. Next was graduate school in Missoula, Montana followed by a high school science teaching and backpack guiding gig at the Alzar School in Cascade, Idaho.

How did you discover Western?

I first discovered Western as a young Coloradan seeking to receive college credit for an Outward Bound Instructor Course. Living on the front range and in the high Rockies, I passed through Gunnison a few times and was always drawn to Western’s campus, which reminds me of my alma matter back in Ohio.

What most excites you about your field?

I enjoy supporting students and striving to extend the impact of higher education.

What is your favorite thing about the Gunnison Valley?

I enjoy the small-town atmosphere alongside a vibrant and active community.

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