Rachel received her Bachelor’s Degree from Berklee College of Music, where she studied Voice, Music Therapy, and Professional Music. She has been working with individuals with autism and related disabilities for the past 12 years. While studying at Berklee, Rachel worked at the Kennedy Day School at Franciscan Hospital for Children, supporting medically fragile, severely and multiply physically challenged students. Following her five years at the Kennedy Day School, Rachel worked in the Canton Public Schools as a Behavior Therapist, developing curriculum and programming using the principles of Applied Behavioral Analysis and providing direct services to students both in the school and home settings. In addition to this work, Rachel used music regularly as a therapeutic tool for promoting social, language and adaptive skill development with her students. While in Canton, Rachel received a grant to create a therapeutic music program for elementary students in the substantially separate autism program. This program allowed students to access individual and group music sessions where the focus was tailored to specific student needs and helped students develop social relationships, build confidence and independence and expand their recreational and leisure skills. Following her time in Canton, Rachel began working in the Brookline Public Schools. Currently, Rachel runs the Reaching Independence through Structured Education (RISE) program at Brookline High School. This program is designed for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and/or similar profiles and needs. Students in this program receive individualized instruction and support to meet their personal, academic, social and behavioral goals within the high school and greater community. Rachel works to facilitate inclusive learning opportunities for the students in this program so that they may build, generalize and maintain skills throughout their high school careers and into adulthood. She collaborates with related service providers, general education teachers and members of the Brookline community to develop cohesive, inclusive educational and extracurricular programming and continues to utilize her music background to provide therapeutic music opportunities to the students in RISE. In addition to her teaching and liaison responsibilities, Rachel advises the Connect Club, which is a club aimed at connecting students in substantially separate special education programs with a wide variety of peers from across the school community to form friendships and take part in social activities together. In 2014 she also received a grant to build a sensory garden on the school grounds in which her students spend time working on the garden beds, planting, watering and harvesting fruits and vegetables to donate to the local food pantry. In addition to her professional contributions to the field of special education, Rachel continues to provide private music therapy and music instruction to children and young adults on the autism spectrum and with other disabilities, as well as ongoing consultation and support to families of children with a wide variety of special needs.