age: 34 | Magnet Director | Texarkana Arkansas School District
Rachel Scott is in the business of transforming ideas into actions, wishes into goals, and imaginations into realities. “I help make the visions and dreams of students, teachers, and administrators possible,” she explained. Under Rachel’s leadership as the Magnet Director for the Texarkana Arkansas School District, her office “provides support for the magnet programs at College Hill 6th Grade Academy, North Heights Junior High School, and Arkansas High School,” she said. She is responsible for guiding decision-making regarding recruitment, marketing, curriculum and instruction, and community and parent engagement. Rachel also oversees the TASD “Montage Project,” a $14.7 million initiative funded by a Department of Education grant, for which Rachel was on the grant writing team.
Best advice you’ve ever received:
“IF YOU HAVE TO EAT A FROG, EAT IT IN THE MORNING.” THIS MEANS TACKLE THE THINGS YOU DREAD FIRST THING IN THE MORNING, SO YOU DON’T WORRY ABOUT THEM THROUGHOUT THE REST OF THE DAY. — RACHEL’S MENTOR, ROBIN HICKERSON
In her free time, Rachel can be found gardening, beekeeping, spending time with her husband, William, and children, Maggie, Emmy Lou, and Millie, or giving back to Texarkana. One way she does this is in her role as board member for the Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Council. “Serving as a board member for TRAHC has helped me to see beyond just the amazing impact that programs like ArtSmart and the Kennedy Center Partnership have on teachers and students, but to the larger impact of TRAHC on building and sustaining community in Texarkana,” Rachel said. She also is a volunteer teacher with the children’s ministry at First United Methodist Church of Texarkana, Arkansas.
Happy with her life, Rachel hopes to continue serving Texarkana, Arkansas, students for years to come. “I am passionate about magnet schools because I know that they provide public school choice options for students and parents that are engaging while preparing students for post-secondary success,” she said. “In 10 years, I hope to be continuing my work in the TASD Magnet Office to ensure all students have access to high-quality instructional programs.”
Name something about you that very few people know:
“I cannot watch scary movies. I get so anxious that I have to stop. I will try to watch them with my family and never can make it past the first 10 minutes without leaving the room.”