Rachel David grew up in Palo Alto, California and attended U.C. Berkeley as an undergraduate. In 1992 Rachel moved to Seattle to attend the University of Washington School of Law. From 1996 to 1999 Rachel worked as the Legal Advocate for Seattle Rape Relief, a small non-profit agency with a philosophy of anti-oppression. In that position, she worked with survivors of sexual assault through all stages of the justice system. Rachel discovered that teaching was her passion while in this position doing training for crisis line volunteers, police officers and prosecutors.
Rachel has been teaching Gender & Women's Studies at Shoreline since 1999. She loves teaching in this field because of the discipline's profound potential to affect students' lives.
bell hooks writes "To teach in a manner that respects and cares for the souls of our students is essential if we are to provide the necessary conditions where learning can most deeply and intimately begin." (Teaching to Transgress, 1994) I believe that the classroom is a learning community and we all have something to teach each other. I see my role as an instructor as providing resources and opportunities for students to make discoveries about themselves, each other, and the world we live in. I believe that students learn more deeply when they are engaged with the material. I rarely lecture; class sessions usually involve discussion and active learning.