480.279.8770My name is Rachel Kupec. I graduated Cum Laude from Arizona State University with a dual certification in Elementary Education and Special Education. This is my second year at Bridges Elementary! Originally, I’m from Northern California, but my family and I moved to Arizona when I was just 10 years old. Arizona is more than a second home for me. It is where I discovered my passion for education and my strong belief that everyone is capable of learning, just not in the same way or on the same day.For nearly a decade, I have been heavily involved in the disability community. Before becoming a teacher, I spent five years as a Direct Care Habilitation and Respite worker, and eight years as a Special Olympics volunteer and Unified Sports partner. I have classroom experience with general education Pre-K – 5th grade and Special education 3rd-6th grade.Outside of school, I enjoy cooking, reading, and spending time with my friends and family! I am so thankful to be a part of your child's education this year and I look forward to working as a team to ensure your student is equipped with all the tools that they need to be successful!