Rachel is a freelance writer and editor from Maine who is specialized in language, education, and dance. Rachel has spent the better part of her adult life living abroad, studying and working in France and the Netherlands. A writer since 2006, Rachel began contributing to LoveToKnow in 2008 on various topics, especially on the French language and the art of dancing.
Languages and Linguistics
A teacher and researcher, Rachel is specialized in languages and linguistics. Her foreign language of choice is French, in which she holds both a B.A. and an M.A. degree. She has taught foreign languages and done psycholinguistics research at Universiteit Utrecht, Université François-Rabelais, the University of Pittsburgh, and the Institute of Reading Development. With a passion for all things related to language, her areas of expertise include:
- French Language
- Dutch Language
- Second Language Acquisition
- Child Language Development
- Bilingualism, especially the cognitive and social effects of bilingualism
- Psychology of Language
A teacher at heart, Rachel has taught French and English, in the U.S. and in Europe. Also working as a nanny for 10 years, Rachel has experience in education and child development, both in formal and informal settings.
A great lover of music, Rachel's love of dance was born at an early age. After twelve years of dance training and performance, Rachel became a choreographer for several theater groups in her region. The types of dance she has the most experience with are musical theater, tap, and ballet, but her love of expression through movement crosses over into virtually all dance genres.
Rachel recently left the Netherlands with her husband and children to move home to the U.S. She currently works for the University of Maine in Farmington.