board chair-elect

Meet Rachel McKinney, Board Chair-Elect

Rachel: An international educator with Appalachian roots

Rachel is a Boone native who returned in 2017 to be closer to family after living and working out of the area for more than 20 years.  Her expertise and training is in establishing formal and non-formal education programs in conflicts and following natural disasters, primarily overseas, and coordinating national-level strategies and implementation plans for education systems post-crisis.

Rachel and daughter, Kirby.

Rachel and daughter, Kirby.

In addition to supporting UN and NGO organizations, Rachel worked with the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) to develop the INEE Guidance Notes on Teaching and Learning which articulates the various educational inputs that contribute to quality education during crisis including support to teachers, classroom-level interactions and student learning.  

Rachel has extensive experience in multiple regions, and specifically in the Balkans, East Timor, Guinea, Afghanistan, Indonesia, the North Caucasus, Southern Sudan, Sri Lanka, Iraq, Gaza, Zimbabwe, and Syria Crisis.  She holds an Ed.M. from Boston University in International Education Development and is ABD in an PhD program for International Education Policy - a kid and life proved to be too distracting! 

Back in Boone, she shares her time between consulting, exploring the potential of rebuilding the creative arts’ skills needed to become a children’s book illustrator/writer, and puttering around with her daughter, Kirby (Primary West) on a small family farm - in the summer that usually means wallowing in a mud puddle to the bemusement of the donkey and sheep and making flour-y messes in the winter. 

Rachel is keen to continue on the Board, assuming the Board Chair position in May, as MPS continues to explore our identity and continue moving towards an ambitious vision -  reminding her of the bumper sticker “Think Globally, Act Locally”.