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INSTRUCTOR: Ms. Rachel Finkelstein     ROOM: 210



@msfinkenglish                 finkenglish

I'm excited for my fourth year at Woods Charter School! Prior to joining the faculty at Woods, I taught English and creative writing at the University of Montana. This year, I'm teaching English II, English IV, and AP Literature and Composition. I hold an M.F.A. in creative writing and a graduate certificate of women and gender studies, and I received a B.A. from Columbia College in poetry and English studies.

I live in Chapel Hill with my husband and my cat, Oz. Besides reading and writing, I enjoy Vietnamese food, podcasts, and space heaters during the winter months.

What I love most about teaching is the moment when I hear the quickening pace of classroom discussion or a student’s audible delight in reading a passage out loud. I love when my students tell me that writing skills have “made a difference” in the quality of their coursework. My day-to-day is fueled by my passion for the material I teach and the students who continue to inspire me. My goal–the dent I want to make–is to encourage my students to become curious, independent life-long learners, to develop critical thinking skills, and to gain an understanding of the world