Rachel Balkcom
Humanities Guide



Rachel teaches for social justice and the equitable sustainability of people and planet. Rachel grew up in Chicago and holds a BA in Sociology and Studio Art from Kenyon College and a Master’s in Liberal Studies from St. John’s College, Santa Fe, NM. She has spent her career facilitating youth work around systems change and directing both student activist and teacher training programs through schools and non-profits. A 13-year high school teacher, Rachel has taught multiple courses of her own creation—Sustainable Economics, Indigenous Studies, Social Activism, Philosophy—in addition to standard English and History curricula. For years, she created and chaperoned youth Indigenous Studies trips to the Southwest U.S. focusing on internal transformation through experience with Indigenous Worldview. For the last three years, Rachel served as a Director at the Denver office of City Year, a national organization dedicated to reducing the dropout rate in the nation’s most challenged public schools. Rachel is overjoyed to return to teaching to be a Humanities Guide at DMHS. When not teaching, Rachel gardens, writes, and practices Ninjutsu. She lives with her partner, Ian Sanderson, six chickens, one tilapia, two dogs, and lots of veggies and sunflowers in Wheat Ridge.