Rachel is an entrepreneur and educator, currently completing an M.Ed from Trinity College Dublin. Rachel is also a graduate of our own Graduate Certificate in Creativity, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, returning now as a facilitator on the programme. Always eager to learn, Rachel has a varied background in education, with qualifications in Child Psychology, yoga, meditation and CPD. The creativity doesn’t stop there, Rachel is also a successful choreographer, with 20 years experience in television, the director of Fit Kids Fit Teens (FKFT) Performing Arts School and founder of Skoolbox, an interactive online platform for schools.

Describing her first experience with us as a student, Rachel says “Joining UCD Innovation Academy gave me a sense of belonging that I had never felt in any academic setting before. Being weird, wild and wonderful was embraced! I found myself. I found my tribe. I found my home”.

Rachel has a deep-rooted love for experiential and embodied learning. Through understanding that people learn in different ways, it is Rachel’s mission to deliver a student-centred approach to teaching.


Why I joined the UCD Innovation Academy…

After 18 years of running my own businesses and being my own boss, I didn’t think I would ever enter a job working for someone else. However, joining the UCD Innovation Academy was a no brainer for me. UCD Innovation Academy embraces uniqueness and supports its staff to be creative and innovate in how we work. Having the opportunity to facilitate others and guide them through the experiences that I had as a student here is a dream come through. I can honestly say I love my job here.