Rachel Prizant Kotok has taught English language, literature, and literacy since 1997. She earned her M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages with K-12 ESL certification from the School for International Training and a B.A. in World Religion from Smith College. Rachel's teaching philosophy is based on interactive, learner-centered instruction. She believes people can actualize their aspirations through individualized learning that respects diverse life experiences, social-emotional needs, identities, and abilities.
Rachel has taught elementary and middle school and has worked with high school students in various summer programs including an international exchange program and a camp for teens with Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and Autism. Since Rachel moved to Oakland from the East Coast in 2006, she has taught academic English and composition at UC Berkeley, California State University East Bay, and at a two-year business college in San Francisco where she received the Teacher of the Year award. In 2017, she was a fellow at the Bay Area Writing Project summer institute at UC Berkeley.
Rachel has worked abroad in Chile, Perú, Guatemala, and México. In addition to coaching, she teaches English online to international learners and in UC Berkeley’s Summer English Language Studies program. Rachel writes short fiction, palindromic poetry, and is currently coauthoring a middle-grade novel.