I am Mrs. Rachel Whitlock and am so excited to be your 1st grade teacher at Shepardson this year! I was born in Wisconsin and was moved to Fort Collins when I was one year old. So I like to say I’m practically a native. I went through PSD for elementary, middle school, and high school and can say I’ve had a wonderful experience.
I attended Front Range and UNC for my bachelors in Elementary Education and my Masters in Special Education. I have been teaching for 10 years and have played many different roles within elementary schools which makes me very versatile. I have taught third and first grade, been a para professional in an autism room, a substitute, and special needs teacher in a couple Autism programs.
I met my wonderful husband in high school and am so lucky to have a sweet son and daughter who are 8 and 5. We also have a full house with two dogs and a cat. We enjoy spending lots of time as a family, going on walks, paddle boarding, going on bike rides, swimming, camping, and anything outdoors!
I have had the privilege to be at Shepardson the past 5 years as the Autism teacher and have 1 year down in first grade. Teaching young children to love learning, feel like they are a part of a loving and caring community, and know that they are valued are why I love teaching.
HERE’S TO A GREAT FUN YEAR!