Rachel McGirt is a native of Durham, North Carolina and a current Ed.M candidate in the Teacher Education and Curriculum Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. McGirt serves on student council, the Deans Advisory Council for Equity and Diversity, the Black Student Union, and the TEP Cohort Leadership at HGSE. Before coming to HGSE, McGirt taught second grade in Charlotte, North Carolina at Walter G. Byers. She was a teacher-leader in her building and received the Teach For America, TEAM Core Value award for her collaborative efforts with other teachers in her building and other members of her TFA cohort. McGirt also worked in the Superintendent’s office as a 2017 Aspiring Leader.
McGirt is a 2016 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she was a member of the Varsity women’s basketball team and also Co-Founded Healthy Girls Save The World alongside her sister. Healthy Girls Save The World teaches girls of color about having a healthy body, healthy mind, and a healthy relationship with themselves and those around them. McGirt started the first HGSW afterschool chapter in Charlotte, NC during her time as a teacher.
McGirt is very passionate about education for all children, but equity for low-income black and brown children is what drives her as an educator. She believes that education is a way to be liberated from the classist and racist institutional practices that are embedded in many if not all structures in this country. McGirt is very passionate about education and believes that educators have the dynamic job of breaking the cyclic oppression of minority groups through the liberation of students in and out of the classroom. McGirt is seeking to pursue educational leadership positions in the K-12 or consulting sector.