Teacher Feature: Rachel Rich

To help the OTS community get to know our faculty better this year, we'd like to introduce a new series called #TeacherFeatureFridays.
On select Fridays, we will use this space to highlight some of the amazing individuals who make Old Trail such a distinctive place for children to learn and grow.
For our first feature, we'd like to tell you more about ECP teacher Rachel Rich! Mrs. Rich has been an early childhood teacher for 15 years, all of which have come at Old Trail. She had the benefit of knowing from a very young age that she wanted to become a teacher and we’re all so glad that she followed her passion!

“Rachel IS the Early Childhood Program at Old Trail,” said fellow ECP teacher Teresa McCombs. “She is a gracious and knowledgeable leader who guides our program, staying true to our past while always looking forward to the future.

“Rachel is the kind of teacher that every child should have – so fun, so compassionate, and really makes every child feel like they are special and dear to her. The continued success of our program is directly related to Rachel's tireless efforts to keep it strong – always putting the child first and maintaining the integrity of what ECP has always been and will continue to be.”

Mrs. Rich said she continues to be fascinated by the way children grow and develop, and is motivated by helping them discover their best selves. It’s no surprise that the best teachers have the biggest hearts.

“From my very first year at Old Trail, I knew that the privilege of teaching here went far beyond the beautiful campus and supportive community,” Mrs. Rich said. “I continue to be inspired by the creativity and passion of my colleagues, and I am grateful to work with amazing teachers who challenge me every day. And of course, the beautiful window in my classroom doesn't hurt!”

Mrs. Rich lives in Bath with her husband, Aaron; and her two daughters, Lila and Abby, who also attend OTS.

Away from school, Mrs. Rich’s personal pursuits can be complicated – “I love to cook, but can’t make rice to save my life; I love scary movies, but am scared of my own shadow.” She also enjoys singing in her car (“in my loudest voice!”) and thinks she would like to be a painter in her next life.

Speaking on behalf of the countless OTS students and families who have been influenced by her, we’re thankful Mrs. Rich chose to be a teacher in this life!

Old Trail School is a private day school for preschool through grade eight students located in Cuyahoga Valley National Park.