Rachel Gellis, Preschool/PreK/K Director

Teaching Statement
Every child is an artist. The need to create and express is inherent in all of us. When this need is nurtured, learning occurs, and wonderful things happen. When young children have positive learning experiences at a young age, they develop a thirst for knowledge and an appreciation of learning. Life-long learners are created, leading to successful futures as adults. Children are exposed to all art forms while enrolled in the SSC Preschool, PreK, and Kindergarten programs, including visual arts, drama, music, movement, yoga, singing, drumming, and storytelling. Children are allowed to choose and follow their own passion after having been exposed to a variety of art forms, experiences, and people. We are doing so much more than educating the child, we are illuminating and awakening their souls.

Teaching Bio
Rachel Gellis received her undergrad from Westfield State University in Westfield, MA. Upon earning a Bachelor’s degree in Education and state license in Early Childhood Education, she taught preschool for five years in a Head Start program in Braintree, MA. Rachel wanted to make a bigger impact on the quality of educational programing offered to families, she took a leadership position for five years as an Education Specialist for an Early Head Start program in Weymouth, MA. In that role, Rachel was working as a coach and mentor to Early Childhood Educators and a partner to parents enrolled in the program. Wanting to further her own education to help young students connect to learning on a deeper level, Rachel received her Master’s degree in Education: Integrating Arts into Curriculum at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA.

As a life-long resident the South Shore, Rachel was familiar with SSC and leapt at the opportunity to become Director of SSC’s arts-integrated Preschool/PreK/Kindergarten and joined SSC in 2016. Rachel currently lives in Weymouth with her fiancé Chris and dog Nala.