Rachael Gorsuch, '06
Rachael (Hrisask) Gorsuch, ’06, majored in mathematics and earned her teaching license in AYA education while she was a student at Muskingum. She first visited Muskingum in the third grade on a class field trip.
The year following graduation, Gorsuch taught at an inner city charter school in Columbus, Ohio. It was a busy year – she taught five different classes to seventh to eleventh graders. Of that position, Gorsuch says, “I felt like I was making a difference.”
After her first year at the charter school, Gorsuch began teaching at Teays Valley High School, where she is now in her eighth year. Gorsuch teaches inclusion geometry, statistics, and a fourth-year math class called Advanced Quantitative Reasoning. In addition to her teaching duties, she advises the junior class (which plans prom) and the National Honor Society. She says, “I’m in love with teaching and couldn’t imagine doing anything else!”
Gorsuch’s professional activities include working with the author and publisher of the book she uses for Advanced Quantitative Reasoning. She explains, “They have me travel around the country with the author team, leading professional development for teachers new to teaching the course, and to speak at professional conferences about my experience with the course.”
Gorsuch says, “I've just been accepted to the T^3 Instructor training program through Texas Instruments. In December, I'll travel to Texas to start the training process to lead professional development for Texas Instruments about pedagogy and technology.” This year will also be the third time she will present at the International T3 (Teachers Teaching with Technology) Conference put on by Texas Instruments.
Gorsuch is also editor of the Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics newsletter. She was recently awarded the OCTM Outstanding Secondary Teacher award for the Central Ohio district.
During the summer, Gorsuch is an instructor for a professional development program at Ohio University. Of this experience Gorsuch says, “Being part of this instructor team has pushed me to become an ever-better teacher. I get to work with some of the best teachers in Ohio and am always excited to learn from them and push them too.”
Gorsuch was also recently accepted to graduate school at Ohio State. She will be joining the MA program in Teaching and Learning with a focus on STEM education.
Gorsuch is married to fellow Muskie, Dean Gorsuch. They have two children. On balancing work and family, Gorsuch says, “It's great to have a job where I can make a difference during nine months of the year and then focus my attention and energy on being a mom during those other three months.”
Gorsuch credits her professors at Muskingum – “most notably Ky Davis who is an amazing mentor” – as well as cooperating teachers that she learned from during her field experiences with helping to shape some of her core beliefs as a teacher. However, she also says, “It wasn't just the classes at Muskingum that have led to my success as a teacher, it was also the leadership qualities that I developed as a student. I was involved as a RA, a member of Alpha Sigma Alpha, and as president of several other great clubs around campus. I learned how to work with people, to listen to members of my group, and to organize and communicate. All of these things have been very important in all of the activities I'm involved with now. I learned from Muskingum that the best leaders are the ones who listen, encourage others to work to their strengths, and then step back and enjoy the success of the group, as a whole, instead of looking for praise. These are the skills that I try to focus on as a teacher.”