Collegiate Learning Specialist
Rachel has dedicated her career to education and student support across disciplines and spectrums of need. She strongly believes in the value of every student and their remarkable potential to succeed. She prioritizes building meaningful relationships: “I hold a deep love for teaching, but I love learning from my students too. I want to develop a sense of trust with each student, as it is an essential component in generating meaningful change.”
Rachel takes a “co-active” approach to coaching, a model founded on the belief that every client is naturally creative, resourceful, and whole. “Every individual has an inherent desire to succeed,” she says, “But they sometimes lack the requisite skills to do so. I consistently strive to understand each student’s own agenda and work around that framework instead of imposing my own.”
She is the founder of New Day Coaching, cultivating an innovative “work smarter, not harder” approach to mentorship for teens and college students with ADHD and executive function challenges. Rachel has also designed curricula for JCRC’s Telem Program on the topic of special needs, and has presented at a wide array of conferences for several local organizations.
She comes to us from Maimonides School in Brookline, MA where she was Director of Support Services. She has also previously served as Special Needs Coordinator at Hebrew College and Senior Coach at Beyond Booksmart.
Rachel holds a Master of Arts in Special Education from Columbia University, where she specialized in learning disabilities. She also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Yeshiva University. She holds a coaching certification from (JST) coaching.Email Rachel Dayanim