Educator Spotlight: Meet Natasha Rachell
Tech coach in Atlanta motivates learning community to achieve more
This story is part of a series that celebrates Teacher Appreciation Month. Each day, we will introduce to you an outstanding educator within the Flipgrid community. Stories by Angela Tewalt.
Nearly two decades ago, Natasha Rachell walked into a high school just down the street from her house as a substitute teacher.
She lasted maybe two weeks before she ended up in the principal’s office.
“They had a full-time science teacher position open up, so yeah, I applied for the job,” says Natasha, who actually had no intention of working in education but also used to play school with her stuffed animals as a child and would check out books to herself out of a makeshift library in the garage.
She was destined to be a teacher before she even knew it herself.
“At the end of the interview, the principal said to me, and I’ll never forget it, ‘I see something in you. I’m going to take a chance on you. You’re going to make me proud, and you’re going to be my star baby.’ She saw something in me that I didn’t see in myself, and had it not been for her, none of this would have ever happened.”
Today, Natasha races tirelessly around the Atlanta Public School system, supporting teachers, advocating for kids and rising up district after district to do more.
As a digital learning specialist, she introduces technology into classrooms in a way that makes it impossible for anyone to say no. She advocates with hope in her eyes and fervor in her heart, and how fortunate for all of us that one day long ago, a principal saw a teacher amid the students, too.
“She pushed me and always put me in front of the right people and the right places to learn,” Natasha says. “Now, every time I think I know what I want to do, the universe surprises me and pushes me to do more and learn more and become more, so I’m going to keep going.”