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 CNBC.com, Yahoo, Readers Digest, and NPR for her expertise.
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)
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.
Please 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:
310.701.5281 to brainstorm ideas. For further details on our custom classes visit our Classes & Packages page.
My 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.