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Sixth Grade Team

Jordan Andes

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A passionate educator and lifelong learner, Jordan believes effective teaching is built on genuine relationships and informed by a deep knowledge of students as unique individuals. 

“Students need to feel safe, valued and seen for who they are to take the risks required for meaningful learning,” says the John Burroughs School graduate.

While earning a Masters in English at Belmont University, Jordan taught at Ensworth School in Nashville and studied under master teachers during his time there. He also coached middle school swimming and soccer. Bringing his expertise and experience to Rossman’s sixth grade classroom, Jordan strives to engender curiosity by exposing students to diverse ideas and texts, expand their horizons through cultural awareness, and encourage interdisciplinary connections. 

“As students grow as readers and writers, they increase the sophistication of their thinking and communication,” he says. “This leads them toward self and global discovery and empowers them to engage in life’s meaningful conversations.”

In addition to reading and writing, Jordan is an ardent music lover. Having studied music production while an undergraduate at Belmont, he worked with several music producers and country music artists as an intern and had the opportunity to perform on a few albums. Jordan says studying music actually deepened his appreciation and love for writing. He remains perpetually on the search for new favorite music and songwriters and loves to analyze what makes songs “work.”

Jordan is also an avid outdoorsman who enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and sports ranging from paddle boarding and kayaking to cycling and mountain biking. He is well on his way to achieving his goal of visiting all 60 of America’s major National Parks.

 

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Rachel Price

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Rachel’s life has been marked by a love for learning and a love for people. She discovered her passion for teaching while serving as a volunteer English and music teacher in Buenos Aires. Having earned her Bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Belmont University in Nashville, Rachel moved to Argentina upon graduating. There she taught students ranging from young children to adults. “As soon as I started teaching middle school, I knew I had found something special,” she says.

After five months abroad, Rachel obtained a Masters in education while teaching math at a public middle school in New York City. Utilizing her unique background, she piloted the school’s content-based ESL program, which helps keep non-native English speakers at grade-level math while continuing to develop their English speaking, reading and writing skills.

A St. Louis resident since 2017, Rachel taught math at two area schools before coming to Rossman. Her aim is to provide her students with an engaging and collaborative math experience that reveals how the subject applies to their lives every day. “When I see students engaging in the learning process and realizing they all have some insight to bring to the table, I can’t help but smile from ear to ear,” she says. “My hope as a teacher is that I empower my students now so that they can empower others in the future.”

Rachel remains particularly fond of educating middle school-age children. “This ‘in-between’ phase is such an important time for developing social and emotional skills,” she says. “I enjoy getting to know each student individually in order to support them however I can,” she says.

Originally a classical piano major at Belmont, Rachel still plays often. She also enjoys maintaining her language skills with Spanish novels and spending time with her husband and Australian shepherd.

 

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