Faculty Friday - Rachelle Luster
Our faculty spotlight this week is on 2S teacher Rachelle Luster. A teacher for 7 years, this is her second year at Community. With the kids, she’s known for outscoring them in soccer during recess - even when wearing her nice work shoes! Colleagues say Rachelle’s a pro at differentiating instruction for students, always knowing exactly what each child needs. She’s quite busy these days with a 4-year-old in Nursery and finishing up her master’s at Webster University in education and innovation with an emphasis in global sustainability. Let’s learn some more:
Favorite subject to teach? I love them all! They each hold a different kind of energy and excitement when teaching, and it is fun to see which subject makes a student light up with passion.
Defining moment as an educator? Many defining moments for me as a teacher are from the end of the year. The last few weeks or days of school remind me of how close we've become as a classroom. The constant hugs, memories, and growth fill up the classroom. It's those magical moments that remind me how lucky I am to have a profession that makes us all feel like a family.
Best CS memory? Seeing my previous students for the first time and getting about 30 or more hugs.
Favorite spot on campus? 2 South Classroom. It is my home away from home tucked away in the trees.
States lived in? Minnesota, Kansas and Missouri
Family/kids? 1 child in Nursery
Hobbies? Parks, museums, riding bikes, traveling
Favorite food? Indian
Favorite team(s)? Kansas City Chiefs or the Kansas University Jayhawks
Favorite band/musical group? Singer Leon Bridges
Favorite children’s book? Love by Matt De La Pena
Favorite memories from your time as a student? My favorite memory from my time as a student was dressing up and presenting about the famous singer Billie Holiday in middle school.
Why Community? Community is a special place for all. It is a place that has love, patience, and exploration at its core, and I wouldn't want to be working anywhere else.