This week’s profile is on our 2nd grade teacher, Rachel Pernell. Here’s more about Rachel!
What is your name, and what grade/specialty do you teach?
Hello my name is Rachel Pernell. I teach 2nd grade here at Crescent Heights.
Tell us a bit about your family. Do you have kids? If so, what ages are they? Do you have pets?
I have been married to my wonderful husband, Jay for 29 years. Our kids are all grown and our grandkids are the light of our lives. Our oldest grandson is Devin. He is 18 and graduates from high school this spring and plans on continuing his education in Digital Media. Our granddaughter Staley will be 12 soon. She goes to Meeker and helps out in my room every afternoon when she gets out of school. We have 2 cats, Princess and Shadow. Princess is our miracle cat. She disappeared for 9 months, and one day we got a call from someone who had found her in the bushes, just off a walking path at Point Defiance! She was still wearing her name tag!!!
What are your hobbies? What do you love to do outside of work?
In the spring and summer I love to work in the yard with my husband. I also love to sew, knit and crochet, and paint which keeps me busy when the weather turns cold. I am very “craft curious” and enjoy experimenting and trying new ideas.
How long have you been teaching, and how many years at Crescent Heights? My first teaching job was in 2002 at Blix Elementary. I worked as a SUB around the district while my grandchildren were little so I could spend as much time with them as possible. In 2011, I accepted a long term SUB position at Crescent Heights, in 2nd grade, for Mrs. Barr. I have been here ever since. I taught LAP for a couple of years, and in 2014 I was reunited with my amazing 2nd grade team.
If you weren’t a teacher, what else would you love to do as your career?
I’ve always thought I’d like to have a coffee/craft/book/stuff shop.
Tell us one thing you’d love for the families of Crescent Heights to know about you.
I’m really just a big kid trapped in an adult’s body!
Thank you Rachel!