Rachel has been working on Rachel's English for over 4 years. Having taught ESL off and on since 1999, she became interested in developing a pronunciation-focused resource while living in Germany under the Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship program in 2008.
Rachel's initial idea in developing Rachel's English was to make the kind of resource for self-study that she wished she could find for her own foreign language study. As a classical singer, Rachel has spent much time immersed in singing in German, French, Italian, and Spanish. She studied with highly acclaimed vocal teachers and coaches and brings a body of detailed knowledge connected to the voice, placement, and the musical nature of speech to her work as a pronunciation coach.
Rachel lives in New York City. She was born and raised in Florida, went to college in Indiana where she studied Applied Math, Computer Science, and Music, and graduate school for Opera Performance in Boston. She loves being connected to people throughout the world through Rachel's English.
In November 2011, I held a fundraiser leading up to my birthday to raise money for a redesign of the Rachel's English website. Many people sent in money to make my dream a reality. The benefit to me went beyond offsetting the costs of rebuilding the site. To receive gifts from so many, from people all across the world, boosted my confidence and convinced me that what I was doing really was benefitting others. :)
A huge thank you to:
Mario Bermejo, Buenos Aires
Nelson Castilho, Brazil
Linda Mason Hood
Alipio de Paula
Patricio Hernández Saez, Chile
Nik and Kate Stoltzfus
Dave Valiulis, stroke survivor
Diana Yarmolinska, English tutor
And many anonymous donors!