Did you miss the 6th Annual Gala? Well some of the highlights of the night include: Sipho Mpongo’s photography slideshow, speeches from James Malope, Asanda...
Rachel Nichols – LEAP 3 Alexandra, Johannesburg
“My enthusiasm for the transformative potential of education was originally inspired by my parents, who are both educators and who challenged me to see that I could be a part of changing our community. That enthusiasm is renewed daily when I see the grace and resilience with which young people meet the challenges of their daily lives and struggle in their own ways to make sense of and transform the world.“
For the past 14 years, Rachel has played a variety of pedagogical roles in schools in Indiana, New York, and California. She has been an English department chairperson, a district-wide curriculum coordinator, a consultant to the Indiana Department of Education, and an adjunct lecturer at Indiana University. Currently, Rachel teaches 12th grade English at High Tech High Media Arts, where she pushes students to ask and answer important ethical questions and encourages students to hone their skills as critical thinkers and knowledge-producers. When she is not teaching, she loves to be involved in athletics, both as a coach and as a participant. She has coached one United States Olympian, several teams of Special Olympians, and lots of other athletes as well. She enjoys all types of sports and any impressive display of effort and dedication.