Rachel Norman is a Program Officer in the Trust’s Education Program. In this role, she helps to program K-12 initiatives that focus on the effective implementation of rigorous, college- and career-ready academic standards, with a particular emphasis on educator practice. She also helps lead efforts related to strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation within the program.
Prior to joining the Trust in 2010, Rachel was the director of the grant-making program of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities in New Orleans, supporting teacher professional development in humanities disciplines, as well as educational public programming housed at universities, schools, museums, libraries and other public venues statewide. She has also worked as a reporter covering education and local governments at newspapers in New York and Mississippi. She began her career as a Teach For America corps member, teaching eighth-grade English Language Arts in Washington, D.C., where more than 80% of her students advanced at least 1.5 years in academic skills annually.
Originally from San Francisco, Rachel holds master’s degrees in journalism and education from Columbia University and American University, respectively, and a bachelor’s degree from Smith College.