Spelling Out the Journey of Rachel Applebaum

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Spelling Out the Journey of Rachel Applebaum

Raechel Applebaum, a student teacher at Community High School this semester, is excited to work with CHS's students and English teachers Judith DeWoskin and Ken McGraw.

Raechel Applebaum, a student teacher at Community High School this semester, is excited to work with CHS's students and English teachers Judith DeWoskin and Ken McGraw.

Raechel Applebaum, a student teacher at Community High School this semester, is excited to work with CHS's students and English teachers Judith DeWoskin and Ken McGraw.

Raechel Applebaum, a student teacher at Community High School this semester, is excited to work with CHS's students and English teachers Judith DeWoskin and Ken McGraw.

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Rachel Applebaum, a student teacher at Community High School this semester, is excited to work with CHS's students and English teachers Judith DeWoskin and Ken McGraw.

In addition to an extraordinary staff, Community High School is lucky enough to have several new student teachers working here. Rachel Applebaum, who is currently working at CHS with English teachers Judith DeWoskin and Ken McGraw, is excited to be here. “I wasn’t gonna teach at a high school, but the fact that I got to be here really made a big difference, a big influence on my decision. And, I love it.” she said.
Applebaum had not always planned to be a teacher. “It wasn’t until my junior year in college that I realized that I loved learning, and I love the academic setting of school, and I just didn’t want to be anywhere else. And I love kids so it all sort of clicked together,” she said. “I’ve done a lot of volunteer work over the years with kids and programs through either the University of Michigan where I go to school or outside youth-oriented volunteer programs and I always love it – [I] just sort of feel right at home there,” said Applebaum.

Her love of literature also drives her enthusiastic involvement in the school community. “I’ve loved reading since I was a kid, and … talking about books and writing, it all just came more [naturally] to me than math or science did … I was always going to do something with English literature or English language,” Applebaum said.

Applebaum came to CHS last semester, helping Ken McGraw.  He suggested that she interview with with Judith DeWoskin.  “I worked with Ken the past winter, from January through April, and now I get to work with Judith, who are two of the most stellar English teachers I’ve ever met. So, I’m learning a lot,” she said.  Applebaum has also enjoyed her active role in the classroom. “I’ve had several opportunities now to teach lessons, and I will be teaching an entire unit in a few weeks. But also I’m … a supporting player. I help with a lot of the grading … it’s always nice to have an extra set of hands around,” she said.

Above all, Applebaum has appreciated the supportive and positive atmosphere found at CHS. Upon arriving, she was surprised and impressed by the level of freedom CHS students experience, and the mutual respect found between students and faculty. “More than anything I really want to take away … the way that the teachers interact with their students,” Applebaum said. “I see so much admiration and respect on both sides, and I really want to carry that over into my classroom, wherever I end up.”

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