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Rachelle 'Rae' WilsonRachelle "Rae" Wilson joins CCS from Indianapolis, Indiana. Originally from Churubusco, Indiana, Rachelle grew up with a love of sports and being outdoors. Upon graduating Rachelle moved to Bloomington to attend Indiana University. She graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Secondary Education with a focus on English Language Arts, grades 6-12, in 2010. Her first job out of college was at Talisman Summer Camp in Zirconia, North Carolina. As a Wilderness Expedition Leader, Rachelle led students in a sixty-mile open boat expedition, and two thirty-mile backpacking expeditions. Although the job was only a summer contract, it sparked a curiosity for outdoor education that would later lead her to Crestone.
After leaving Talisman, Rachelle began her teaching career for Indianapolis Public Schools. During her time with IPS, Rachelle taught at the middle school level for six out of her seven years. She is looking forward to being back with the older kids at CCS! During her tenure with IPS, Rachelle coached tennis, softball and basketball. She regularly incorporates athletics in her lesson planning, emphasizing the importance of team-work inside and outside of the classroom. In addition to coaching students, Rachelle worked as a teacher leader to help teachers grow their practice through her Peer Observation Video Initiative. She relies heavily on Project Based Learning in her classroom, and encourages students to explore their creative potential. Her students were featured on the cover of the district newsletter two years in a row- for putting the Grinch who stole Christmas on trial, and for hosting a Skype conference with a ground commander for the International Space Station.
Besides sports, Rachelle's hobbies include stand-up comedy, kayaking, and hiking. She often would travel to Colorado during her breaks to hike Colorado's beautiful trails. In March of 2017, Rachelle stumbled upon Crestone while visiting Colorado on Spring Break. Feeling drawn to the town, she knew that coming to work for Crestone Charter School would be the chance of a lifetime and finally allow her to follow her dream of working at an outdoor school.