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Rachel Adams Goertel, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Education; Director, Elyon Program


New York Public School Certifications:

  • English, 7-12
  • ESOL, K-12


Rachel Adams Goertel was born and raised in Rochester and graduated from Bishop Kearney High School. She taught K-12 English and ESL for 12 years in CA and NY, after which she pursued her doctorate in English: Composition and TESOL. Rachel’s scholarly work focuses on linguistics and second language acquisition. Rachel is an amateur ornithologist, loves to read historical fiction, and can often be found fishing with her husband, James, and their young son, Henry.

University Teaching Experience

  • English, TESOL Education Lecturer, Pennsylvania State University, Erie, PA
  • English, TESOL Lecturer, Mansfield University, Mansfield, PA
  • English Instructor, Columbia University, New York, NY
  • ESOL Instructor, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

Public School Teaching Experience

  • English 7-9 & ESOL K-12, Elmira City School District, Elmira, NY
  • English 9-12 & ES)L K-12, Jamestown Public School District, Jamestown, NY
  • ES)L 7-9, Havenscourt Middle School, Oakland, CA