Hi everyone! My name is Rachael Salvucci and I’ve been teaching at WVJC since 2013! I graduated from Penn State University with a degree in English education in 2005, and then went on to receive my Masters of Education from The University of Pittsburgh in curriculum and instruction and earned my administration certificate in 2011. Teaching is my passion. I’ve been a high school English teacher in Pennsylvania for the past 14 years, and last year I was lucky to get some administration experience. I’m not sure if I’ll ever leave the classroom though – I love my students, both high school and junior college – and look forward to planning engaging lessons and building relationships with them.
I currently teach English Composition 101 and Research and Writing at WVJC Online. I absolutely love the online environment and feel that is where I excel the most. I’ve never had a class that I didn’t love, and my students so far in the past 6 years have been the best. I was introduced to WVJC through Brittany Nuzzo, and I fell in love with online teaching with my first class. Since I work full time as a public school teacher, it’s nice to come home after a long day and teach again – but on my couch and in my pajamas. I also love working remotely because I love to travel, and have been able to hold class in Italy, France, England, and many more countries and places in the US. My favorite part of working at WVJC is most definitely the people. Everyone I’ve met and worked with at WVJC has been amazing, helpful, and enthusiastic, so I can’t imagine a better place to work (part time for now).
I am mainly motivated by my 4 year old twin boys, AJ and Nino. I want to provide them with a great life, but I also want to be the best for them. I want them to see that it’s possible to find an enjoyable and satisfying career without compromising their values. I want to be a strong role model for them while also teaching them to be good people, and the way that I treat the people I work with will hopefully portray that.
I am most proud of my boys. They surprise me each and every day and I can’t believe that they are mine. They are amazing humans and most days outsmart me.
For the longest time I wanted to be an administrator, but the more chances I had to experience that career, the more I saw that I would miss teaching. However, while I love being a high school English teacher, I would love to be full time in higher education, specifically a remote campus. My dream would be to do something I love while traveling the world.
Something interesting people might not know about me is that I love true crime. I listen to true crime podcasts on the way to and from work (and then am scared to get out of the car to walk into the building since I get to work by 6 am). Any time I can incorporate some true crime into my high school curriculum I do. What better way to get sophomores interested in literature than by reading/listening to/researching murders? Some of my favorite podcasts are Up and Vanished, Lore, Bear Brook, Serial, and My Favorite Murder. Check them out and let’s chat! 🙂