Rachel Babcock is Co-Founder & Co-Director of Map Academy Charter School in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Map Academy was granted a charter by the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education in February 2017 and will open for students in Fall 2018. Map Academy was selected as a grantee in the inaugural cohort of Barr Foundation’s Engage New England: Doing High School Differently initiative which is dedicated to cultivating success for all students by investing in new school models intentionally designed for students who are off-track to graduate. As a school founder, Rachel has expertise in new school design, competency-based assessment, administration, dropout prevention and reengagement, alternative pathways, career development education, social-emotional learning, literacy intervention, and building rapport and cultivating change with high risk adolescents. In her previous role as Coordinator of Alternative Programs for Plymouth Public Schools, Rachel was instrumental in the rapid expansion of the alternative programs, which quadrupled in enrollment in five years through intensive dropout prevention and reengagement efforts. In addition to managing day to day operations of that Alternative program, and while working on plans for Map Academy, Rachel played a visionary role in long term strategic planning and implementation, including scheduling, budget development, hiring, accountability measurements, and cultivating a range of key community partnerships. Additionally, Rachel has fifteen years of instructional experience as a middle and high school ELA teacher, and she is also an experienced Instructional Coach & Literacy Intervention Specialist. Throughout her career, Rachel has been an advocate for high risk youth. She has always been passionate about opening a school where all students can thrive.
Rachel holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Rochester and a Master’s Degree from Boston University. Rachel earned National Board Certification as an English teacher, and is MA certified as a Principal/Assistant Principal. Rachel is also a DESE endorsed SEI teacher and Administrator. Rachel also serves on DESE’s guiding coalition for the Massachusetts Dropout Prevention and Reengagement Network.
Rachel was the recipient of the Massachusetts DOE Attracting Excellence to Teaching Grant and was a Massachusetts Master Teacher. Rachel has also served for the past seven years as the Grant Team Chairperson for the Marshfield Education Foundation, and played a leadership role in the New Marshfield High School Campaign Committee.