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Rachel Isgar, Ph.D.

Etiquette and Educational Consultant

Rachel is a professional educator and has been teaching for many years. She received her Ph.D. in education at the University of Southern California (USC). Rachel has worked in a variety of educational positions including teaching at USC, conducting seminars for: corporate clients, international business students, educational foundations, a plethora of private groups and of course children's workshops in etiquette and math/phonics programs. She has also been interviewed by, Yahoo, Readers Digest, and NPR for her expertise.

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Creative Learning

Dedicated To Creative Learning

While Rachel loves teaching etiquette classes she also teaches math/phonics classes to elementary school students on an extracurricular basis at Westchester Lutheran School. Her approach is to always make learning fun. She assesses what type of learners her students are and then creates activities to stimulate and reinforce concepts they are learning in the classroom. For example, when students are learning about money she will set up a classroom like a store. When students are learning fractions she will bring in pizza to demonstrate concepts.

" We also appreciated her creativity and willingness to design a curriculum that paralleled what was being taught in the classroom.  The children respond well to her style because she is kind, thoughtful and passionate about learning. "

- Bethany (Parent)


Leading By Impression

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After many years working in education and raising my own four children I decided to start Please Pass the Manners. There are many compelling reasons to offer these classes.

I have seen so many children unable to answer questions with more than a one-word answer, let alone be able to hold down a conversation. Many of these children would much rather be texting, gaming or or using the iPAD than looking you in the eye and talking. There is no substitute for face to face interaction.

We have a family dinner in my house almost every night but this notion is less and less in many households. My wish is that families will at least once a week have a dinner conversation that includes everyone at the table without distractions.

Some of the lessons your child or teen will learn...
  • Initiating conversation
  • Desired table manners
  • Preferred body language
  • Proper introductions
Program Overview

baseball teamWebPlease Pass the Manners specializes in customizing classes for your business, school or organization (e.g. Girl Scouts, Athletic Team). The experience can range from a pancake breakfast to the experience of fine dining in a restaurant.

Depending on the age of the children (or number of adults) classes last from 1 to 2 ½ hours. In addition, Please Pass the Manners offers a series of restaurant based classes which generally last 1 to 2 hours.

A typical workshop lasts 2 hours and covers several topics:

  • Dining at home
  • Restaurant etiquette
  • How to behave at a friends house
  • Voice Intonation 
  • The art of conversation
  • Body language

310.701.5281 to brainstorm ideas. For further details on our custom classes visit our Classes & Packages page.

Affiliations & Recognition
  • El Segundo Chamber Of Commerce
  • Mentor To Loyola Marymount University Students
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Community Outreach and Free Classes upon arrangement
  • Worthwhile Referral Services (WRS)


Our Clients
  • The Rand Corporation
  • Port of Long Beach (YTI)
  • Manhattan Country Club
  • Beverly Hills Country Club
  • Whole Foods
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Scooter's Jungle
  • Leo Baeck Temple
  • L.A. Public Library-Playa Vista Branch
  • Congregation Tikvah Jacob
  • NBC Universal
  • Sherwood Country Club
  • Jefferson Elementary, Redondo Beach
  • Culver City Unified School District
  • Beverly Hills Presbyterian Pre-School
  • Westside Neighborhood School
  • Westchester Lutheran School
  • Good Shepherd Catholic School
  • Friend of Kentwood Elementary
  • Emerson Adult Pre-School Program
  • South Central Scholars
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • Cal Poly Pomona
  • USC Career Center
  • Girl Scouts
  • Boys Baseball of Woodland Hills
  • Jack and Jill Club
  • El Segundo Rotary Club
  • Univision
  • Manhattan Academy
  • Skillify
  • Private Parties
  • Private Individuals
  • References Available Upon Request

A Family That Thanks Together...

familyphotoMy mother taught me from a very young age that a written thank you note was not a choice, but always necessary, when you received a gift or had dinner at someone’s house. My four children have learned that they must incorporate “please” and “thank you” into their daily actions and I regularly receive compliments on what great conversationalists they are. As a mother of two teenagers and younger twins I've experienced first-hand the trials and triumphs of passing on valuable etiquette lessons.

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"My daughter enjoyed the class and I was happy with her improved table manners. Having these skills reinforced by someone other than a parent helps a great deal."

Holly Riley, Vice President at Wells Fargo - avatar Holly Riley, Vice President at Wells Fargo

"Rachel has the perfect blend of kindness and firmness and the kids really learn a lot and have fun!"

Ellen Ensher, Ph.D. Professor of Management, Loyola Marymount University School of Business - avatar Ellen Ensher, Ph.D. Professor of Management, Loyola Marymount University School of Business

"I really liked it -- it was awesome! It was fun learning how to be polite. I also learned where the fork, spoon, knife, and napkin go."

Kendra - avatar Kendra

"The children respond well to her style because she is kind, thoughtful and passionate about learning."

Bethany George, Caldwell Partners - avatar Bethany George, Caldwell Partners

"My son actually came home and asked me how my day was and started a conversation without me having to initiate."

Patty - avatar Patty

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