Rachel Balkcom
Social Studies Guide and Senior Team Lead



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 25-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. When not teaching, Rachel gardens, writes, and dances. She lives with her husband Ian Sanderson, five awesome housemates, six chickens, two dogs, and lots of veggies and sunflowers at their co-op in Erie.