Welcome to Pacific Ridge Elementary Elementary School! My name is Rachel Whisler and I am a TOSA (Teacher on Special Assignment.) I previously taught math and art at Broadway Middle School before coming to The Heights Elementary. This will be my 5th year at the elementary level. As part of the leadership team I enjoy working with all staff and all students. My focus is social and emotional learning and trauma informed practices. “Social and emotional learning (SEL) enhances students’ capacity to integrate skills, attitudes, and behaviors to deal effectively and ethically with daily tasks and challenges.” https://casel.org/core-competencies/ Recognizing and regulating emotions, time management, responsible decision making, and relationship skills all need to be taught and practiced just like reading, riding a bike, or cooking for example. Our school district is dedicated to helping children and their families access the supports to become academically, physically, and mentally successful. Outside of school I have been living on the North Coast for almost 25 years. My family, friends and a healthy, thriving community are my passions. I love to garden, hike, and be outside. Did you know a group of puffins is called a circus? I am so excited for our new K-12 campus. Let the circus begin.