Rachel Thibault is a teacher at SOAR Early College High School located on the Antelope Valley College campus in Lancaster, California. She is an AP psychology and anatomy teacher who is well respected by her students and the school’s administrators. SOAR has been awarded three InvenTeam grants, all under the facilitation and guidance of Rachel.
SOAR's first InvenTeam was during the 2013-2014 school year when Rachel was asked by students if she’d be an advisor for the InvenTeam. At the time she had no understanding of what a Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam grant entailed. The students found the InvenTeams initiative while surfing the web looking for competitions. Rachel experienced the power of inventing with her students and continued to promote inventing at SOAR.
Rachel is an exemplar showing what’s possible – and what’s needed – for invention education to take root in a school
This year, Rachel is working with the e3 Civic High InvenTeam as an Invention Education Fellow.