Here to Help: Mrs. Currie-Rubin

Credit: Williston.com.

Credit: Williston.com.

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Rachel Currie-Rubin might be the busiest person on campus. And yet, not many people know exactly what she does–or how much.

During the school day you can find Currie-Rubin covering all academic bases. Whether she’s helping students organize their week or prepare for a test, she stays incredibly busy assisting students.

Senior Max Livingston told The Willistonian, “If I need help on a subject and she cannot meet during the day she always makes time for me either after school or before school. Mrs. Currie-Rubin is always there to help me.”

Currie-Rubin’s office is on the first floor of the Schoolhouse. She works as an Academic Support Coordinator for Williston for kids from all upper school students. Currie-Rubin is also a Williston alum.

“Mrs. Currie-Rubin helps me with every subject,” junior Kate Holmes said. “She can understand any subject and is willing to learn the material to help you succeed.”

She also teaches Child Development during second trimester. In the class, students go to Williston’s day care center and observe the children’s behavior.

At night, you can find Currie-Rubin in the middle school helping run Learning Academic Success, or LAS during study hall.

She explained, “LAS is for any students who needs a quiet place to get their work done and get help by tutors. LAS offers tutors from UMASS that come, they are in a tutoring class. It is part of their course work to come here.”

In the Winter, Currie-Rubin coaches JV Ice Hockey. During her time at Williston she played three years on JV as the goalie and her fourth year on varsity.

The first time she stepped on campus was in 1995. She started in 7th grade in the same Middle school that she spends her nights helping students. In 2001 she graduated and went to Ithaca college. She then continued to Harvard to get her Master’s degree and then went back to Harvard to get her Doctoral agree in Human development and education.

In high school she knew she had a strong passion for working with kids. She aspired to work with kids with autism and help them with their speech. Before coming to Williston, she helped teachers develop teaching skills and questions to better help their students learn better. Also, she worked at many schools and kids with disabilities.

Currie-Rubin also taught at Harvard. “I taught a class called Psychoeducational and I was teaching and conducting research but I really wanted to work with kids,” she said.

On top of her busy work schedule and being a dorm parent in Memorial East she enjoys running around with her three children, Leah, Ellie, and Molly.

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