New Faculty Spotlight: Rachel Mainwaring, Third Grade Teacher

By Andrew Rowan ’19, Marketing and Communications Student Intern

Rachel Mainwaring joins MFS as a Third Grade Teacher. Rachel worked in the architecture and design field after undergraduate school at the University of Pennsylvania, before deciding that her true passion was in teaching. Rachel first began teaching in 2006, as an Assistant Teacher at Germantown Friends School while pursuing her master’s degree in Elementary Education from Temple University. She then worked as a fourth grade teacher and an art teacher in Austin, TX. After her return to the Philadelphia area, she taught Kindergarten part time at the Wetherill School in Gladwyne for 1 year, before returning to Germantown Friends School where she taught fifth grade for five years.

“I’m looking forward to becoming part of this warm and welcoming community,” Rachel said. “The nurturing and creative atmosphere…the wonderful faculty…and the unique way the Quaker values are brought to life” are all reasons that made her want to join the MFS community.

Rachel’s educational philosophy is creating a safe and supportive learning community that fosters a growth mindset. “I believe that children learn their best when they construct their own knowledge and learn skills that will carry through their whole lives,” said Rachel.

Rachel’s mother-in-law and uncle-in-law are both alumni of Moorestown Friends. She lives with her husband, an architect, her 2 children, both of whom are MFS students, and her two dogs. She loves reading, hiking, and eating great food.