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Music teacher at Evanston’s Clark Elementary
UW degree: Bachelor’s in music education (2017)
Rachel is a music teacher at Clark Elementary and teaches private flute lessons to middle and high school students. She is also a member of the Twisted Fiber Guild.
How did your experience at UW prepare you for your career and role in your community?
“Marching band taught me to build strong relationships and leadership skills. During my time with the Western Thunder Marching Band, I found my Cowboys family. We worked hard and were dedicated to one another to make each performance better than the last. Being a music teacher means I am privileged to connect with every student in the school and with some for their entire elementary career of K-5. I am utilizing skills learned as head drum major to build meaningful relationships with my students, colleagues and our community. When I build these deep connections, students are not only learning the music, but I am modeling problem-solving and resilience needed to succeed in life. With my colleagues, we collaborate openly on work and are being the best for each other and our students. I show my students that making music is fun, mistakes are a part of learning, and you have to persist in all aspects of life.”
Why should Wyoming students attend their state’s university?
“I was worried before I attended UW that it would be a continuation of my previous experiences. Would I be challenged? Would I be overwhelmed? Every class I took encouraged me to push myself and my knowledge of each subject with the support needed to not give up and succeed! The faculty at UW is committed to providing the best education for their students, and they truly care for you as a person. It is easier to make these connections when there are smaller class sizes so you don’t feel like another number. The scholarship opportunities available make the University of Wyoming an affordable choice as well as the right choice.”
What does it mean to you to be a UW Cowboy?
“First and foremost, to be a UW Cowboy is to be a part of not only a community, but a family. Cowboys are problem solvers who don’t judge or blame. Cowboys are resilient and bounce back and try again. Cowboys never give up. Period. Every person I have met who has gone to the University of Wyoming, including my mother, my father (and his mother!), my husband, my friends and colleagues, embody all these characteristics. I’m proud to be a Cowboy!”
RACHEL BOYER WAS A featured speaker at THE EVENT ON MAY 5, 2021
Evanston | Historic Roundhouse