Hello! I’m Rachel.
I’m a Rocket-Scientist-turned-Preacher’s Daughter (and pretty confident I’m the only one who can say that!). I grew up all over the country until my parents settled in their hometown in South Carolina when I was 11.
I met my husband, Dustin (aka Big Love), as a Freshman in high school. We became friends over hushed study hall conversations and joke books in the library. Somewhere in the middle, we fell in love. We got married in 2008 when I was the ripe young age of 20, and are very, very obnoxiously happy. You know those kind of people, right?
We had our first child, Jonah (aka Little Love), in 2010 and our youngest, Eve, in 2012 (aka Littlest Love). Our children are unbelievably cute and contagiously entertaining. You can enjoy their virtual lives searching their hashtags #jonaheli and #everebekah, and subscribing to their new YouTube Channel, Jonah & Eve Thomas.
After being a stay-at-home mom for a couple of years, I’m returning to the work world in a new profession: Teaching. As I’ve contemplated, applied, prepared, and interrogated myself over this career change, I have been so hungry for real life answers. I’ve benefited from many blog articles – and now I hope to be a useful resource for other teachers. Whether you formally studied to become a teacher, or like me, switched careers and are pursuing alternative route licensure… I will be sharing my journey with you as I teach high schoolers what I know about Business. And of course, our life in general.
We are your typical small-town, southern folks. We work and live in the same area we grew up. I teach at our high school Alma Mater, and Dustin works at the “bomb plant.” (If you don’t know what that means, no need to panic!) We love Jesus, a lot. You may think that all southerners love Jesus, so this is to be expected. Yet, even growing up in conservative, right winged suburbia South Carolina, our brand of Christianity is unusual. Our commitment to our beliefs, our “radical” application of the gospel to our lives, and our counter-cultural behavior leaves us in more of a minority category here than you would perhaps believe. But THAT is my favorite thing about us.
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