Hello, I'm Rachel Z. Roth
My true passion is helping teens and young adults realize their full potential, and then guiding them through learning what tools and next steps are necessary for them to achieve their post-secondary goals. I pride myself on working with both the student and their families to create a plan of action that leads to success.
Education Specialist | Transition Coach
Before working in the field of education for the last 19 years, I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education and History from Lake Forest College and from there, I moved to North Carolina, where I taught 7th grade reading and geography at a Title I school, where most of the students had one or more parents enlisted in the military. I then moved to California to teach US and World History at a private high school.
My diverse experience in these two settings led me to want to work more specifically with students with special needs. I went back to school where I received my Master’s Degree in Special Education from Santa Clara University. After graduation, I worked as a Resource Teacher for high school and elementary school levels, as well as an SDC teacher at the high school level, where I taught English, Social Skills, Careers and Academic Support/Study Skills.
I have always believed that every student can achieve their goals, when provided the right tools and support. I have always tried to empower my students and their families to reach for the stars, while knowing their strengths and challenges and the impact they will have on their future path. With that passion, I became a transition specialist, so I could focus on helping to close the gap between high school and life beyond.
While I truly love teaching, and the interactions it brings, I have always been interested in helping teens navigate the world between high school and the great world beyond, and helping them discover the pathway to the future that is ideal for them. In 2017 and 2018 I completed a graduate certificate program in transition to adulthood, so that I could be up to date with the latest research and information in the field of transition. I consider myself to be a lifelong learner, and my own passion for learning and my desire to open pathways for all students led me to look for something more beyond the classroom. Since 2017, I have been doing a variety of private consulting to help support teens and young adults and their families through the post-secondary transition process.