4th Grade

Rachel Schwindt

Miss Rachel

[email protected]                              Voicemail 303-982-2113

Hello, my name is Rachel Schwindt. I am thrilled to begin my second year of teaching here at Peak! I was born and raised in Colorado, where I attended school in Jefferson County. I have a bachelor's degree from Metropolitan State University in 2014 majoring in fine art (ceramics) as well as art history. I received my master’s degree from the University of Colorado in 2018 with a focus on developmental math instruction. It is such an honor to be able to teach in the same district that gave me a phenomenal education as a child.

Outside of school, I enjoy fly-fishing, camping, hiking, running and seeing live music. My love for the outdoors and my love of working with children are finally able to connect at Peak. I feel so fortunate to work at a school that values outdoor education as strongly as academic instruction. I am looking forward to another challenging, meaningful and adventurous year at Peak Expeditionary School!

Literacy Topics: 

Poetry, Poets and Becoming Writers

  • What makes a poem and poem?
  •  What inspires writers to write poetry?

Researching to Build Knowledge and Teach Others: Animal Defense Mechanisms

  • How do animal’s bodies and behaviors help them survive?
  • How can writers use knowledge from their research to inform and entertain?

The American Revolution

  • How did the American Revolution and the events leading up to it affect the people in the colonies?

Responding the Inequality: Ratifying the 19th Amendment

  • What can we learn from the process of ratifying the 19th Amendment?
  • How can stories inspire us to contribute to a better world?
  • How and why can we encourage and support others to contribute to a better world?

Field Experiences & Expeditions: 

  • Hike to Red Rocks Park (Canyonlands)
  • Overnight camping trip to Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation (Wolf Sanctuary)
  • 3 night overnight Canyon & Canoe trip down the Colorado River
  • Collaborating with The Colorado Coalition of the Homeless
  • Revolutionary War reenactment/guest speaker
  • Studying Colorado history at the Colorado Railroad Museum
  • Slam Poetry workshop with Denver’s own Poet Laureate 

Math Approach: Curriculum- Engage NY. Students access math through a balance of workshop, procedural fluency and conceptual understanding.


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