Rachel Gross (BAE ’08, MED ’09, Elementary Ed.) has been chosen as Teacher of the Year for her school, the Duval Charter School at Baymeadow, where she teaches third grade. This year Rachel’s students outscored the state and district on the FCAT. Rachel has previously taught fourth grade at Stephen Foster Elementary and Metcalfe Elementary, where she also completed an internship.
Says Rachel, “the University of Florida has truly shaped me into the teacher I am today. The rigorous coursework and wonderful professors taught me to always be reflective, innovative, and meet every students’ need. I am grateful for my experiences I had through UF, especially the East-side Internship program. It gave me perspective and taught me the importance of establishing a rapport with students.”
Next year, Rachel will be teaching third grade Cambridge, an advanced studies program offered at Baymeadow.
“I will continue to grow and learn as an educator to hopefully inspire this new group of students.”