Rachel Babcock

Co-Director & Co-Founder

Rachel Babcock’s career reflects her passion for redefining educational paradigms and her unwavering commitment to making high school a place all students can thrive, specifically those who have been failed by systems designed to support them. As the Co-Founder and Co-Director of Map Academy Charter School in Plymouth, MA, Rachel has demonstrated a breadth of expertise in areas such as new school design, launch & iteration; student-centered teaching & learning; school administration and leadership; cultivating change; positive youth development; and designing systems for reengaging disconnected youth and young adults. Prior to opening Map Academy, her tenure as Coordinator of Alternative Programs for Plymouth Public Schools was marked by transformative growth, with the programs under her guidance experiencing a fourfold increase in enrollment due to innovative dropout prevention strategies and reengagement efforts.

Rachel’s work as an alternative high school founder and leader is built on a foundation of over fifteen years of experience as a middle and high school ELA teacher, Instructional Coach and Literacy Intervention Specialist. Rachel holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English from the University of Rochester and a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education from Boston University, and also earned National Board Certification as an English teacher.

As a school founder, Rachel’s role encompasses strategic planning, budget development, hiring and coaching staff, program development and evaluation, and the establishment of community partnerships, all aimed at creating and sustaining an inclusive and supportive educational environment for educators and the students they serve. Her dedication to challenging the status quo, particularly to ensure educational systems are designed to meet the unique needs of traditionally marginalized youth, positions Rachel Babcock as a transformative leader, dedicated to creating spaces where all students have the opportunities they deserve. 

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