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Rachael Ide

Faculty Information
Location(s) Lower School
Title(s) Lower School Grade 3 Teacher
Contact Information
School Email
School Phone
(828) 274-0758   x353
Degree(s) B.A., University of Vermont
Other Information

Rachael Ide is a third grade teacher in the Lower School and has been working at Carolina Day School since 2001. Prior to working at CDS, Rachel taught both in New Hampshire and here in Asheville. She and her husband owned their own restaurant, which gave her the unique experience of customer relations and management. Her undergraduate degree is in Speech and Language Pathology, which gives her background knowledge on language development.  

Get to know Rachael Ide:

In what ways can you teach/engage children at CDS that you couldn't at other schools? I can teach/engage children at CDS differently than I can at other schools because of the intimate relationships that are developed with the students and parents.  The community is safe and the class size is much smaller which helps the children receive the attention that is necessary for their success.”
What do you like most about your job at CDS? I like the students that are in my class, the emphasis the administration puts on professional development, and the support that I receive from the people that I work with.”
In your opinion, how does the CDS community inspire students to be courageous and curious, wonder about things that they don’t understand, try new things, and develop individual passions? It all starts with a community that focuses on character development. This helps children develop a self-confidence that gives children the inspiration to think outside of the box and not worry about being different. We also teach using more project-based learning activities so that children develop their own ideas and follow through on a plan. I also think that CDS also helps kids learn to persevere so that they can try new things and fail without feeling like a failure.”  
How would you describe your classroom? “My classroom is a place where a child can learn for life. It is a place where they learn about compassion, respect, responsibility, and integrity. It is a place where children feel emotionally, physically and educationally safe and their individual needs are addressed with care.”
What books and authors inspire you? Although it is old, Eric Jensen really has shaped my teaching. I use color, music, and physical movement to help children learn.” 
What is your favorite quote about education, mentorship, children, and/or learning? “Learning is the only thing the mind never exhausts never fears and never regrets.” - Da Vinci
How would you describe yourself and/or your approach to your job in 10 words or less? “Patient, caring, inquisitive, motivated, funny.”
Which classroom projects/events are you known for? “Student Led Conferences. Years ago, third grade started student led conferences, which has now evolved into learning celebrations. We are also known for our study of animal habitats and the Aquatic Dwarf Frogs that become part of the classroom. Although it is not a classroom project or event, I am known for the great Morning Meetings that we have each day.”
What personal passion brings balance to your life? “Walking around the lake, playing tennis, watching my children play sports, reading, eating Good n Plenty each night.”
How is CDS different from what you experienced as a child in school? “When I was in school children were not taught to their individual needs. Here at CDS, we are student driven and we address the needs of each of our children in our class.”  

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