Phone: (469) 219-2370 Ext. 74219
Degrees and Certifications:
B.A. English M.A.T. Secondary English Education TEA Certifications: 4-8 ELAR EC-12 ESL Supplement
Mrs. Rachel Pesnell
I grew up in North Little Rock, AR and graduated from Westminster College in Fulton, MO with my bachelor's degree in English literature. I earned my master's degree at Emory University in Atlanta, GA in secondary English education. Prior to teaching in Prosper, I most recently taught at the high school level in Charlotte, NC. My husband, Garett, and I have been married since March 2018, and we live with our two pets in McKinney. We enjoy going to Dallas Stars games, playing trivia and games with friends, and seeing the latest films.
This will be my sixth year working in Prosper ISD, where I formerly taught at both Reynolds Middle School (2015-2019) and Hays Middle School (2019-2020). I am so excited to be opening Rushing Middle School with the Class of 2025!
1st Period: GT ELAR 8 Hybrid
2nd Period: GT ELAR 8 Hybrid
3rd Period: Planning
4th Period: Virtual ELAR OL 8
5th Period: Virtual ELAR OL 8
6th Period: In-person ELAR 8 OL
7th Period: In-person ELAR 8 OL
8th Period: Professional Learning Community (PLC)
I recommend emailing me with questions. The email policy in Prosper ISD is that teachers and staff respond to emails within a 24 hour timeframe, and I do everything in my power to make sure that I follow this policy to the best of my ability. However, if an email is received after 4PM on a Friday, I will likely not respond until the following Monday. Also, if I have multiple meetings scheduled during my PLC and planning periods, this can affect whether or not I am able to respond within the 24 hour expectation.
My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
My goal is to always communicate with parents at least once a week. It is rare that I don't communicate, and it aiso rare if I communicate more than once. You will receive this communciation via Skyward and/or email. I send this weekly update so that parents can stay informed.
It is my belief that parents and teachers should work together as much as possible to ensure that a student's social emotional health is respected, encouraged, and thriving. Therefore, if something important has happened, I would appreciate knowing about it -- the good and the bad! This way, the lines of communcation are opened so that parents and I can ensure that the student is being helped and supported.
By no means am I saying that you must inform me of these events. I also feel that it is my job as a teacher to build a relationship with my students so that they feel comfortable enough with telling me these important things.
I recommend that all parents know their student's username and password in order to log in to Google Classroom. Logging in this way will show you what Google Classroom looks like from the student's perspective. I think this is a better way to be aware than simply receiving the automated emails from Google for which parents signed up.
Tip #1: Just because a student has clicked on the "Turn In" button for an assignment does not mean that the assignment is complete. I recommend selecting the assignment, opening it, and verifying that it is finished.
Tip #2: As a teacher, I am pretty good about including the due date/time for assignments, but I do forget every now and then.
Tip #3: Most work done in class is completed online; however, there are items that are paper based which might not be available in Google Classroom.
It is very rare that I assign homework. Typically, students will need to finish what they did not finish in the time that I allowed them to work on an assignment in class.
While growing up, I was an enthusiastic reader who was granted free reign by my parents to choose what I wanted to read. This is why my school librarian created a library award just for me for my 8th grade graduation! Therefore, my love of books is reflected in my classroom library which features a variety of genres, authors, reading levels, subject matter, etc. I believe that this variety allows me to help my students find books that they will enjoy that will encourage them to value reading. I highly recommend that parents have discussions with their students about what the student is reading in class.
If you would like to see a list of books that Mrs. Pesnell has read during 2020, please go here.