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Meet the New Faculty and Staff | Ms. Rechelle Rafols

Ms. Rechelle Rafols joined the Science Department in August. She graduated from Bishop O'Connell High School in 2011 and earned a B.S. in Biology from James Madison University in 2015. She initially worked in healthcare but switched career paths and became an educational consultant where she developed her passion for education. She then went on to receive a MAT in Secondary Education with a focus in STEM from Stevenson University in 2019. Ms. Rafols resides in Bethesda, Maryland, and loves to cook, read, play golf, and go to the beach.

Tell us about yourself.

I was born and raised in Arlington, Virginia. I attended Bishop O'Connell High School and went off to James Madison University where I majored in Biology. Upon graduating, I worked in healthcare and realized that I wanted to pursue education, so I switched career paths and received my MAT from Stevenson University focusing on secondary science education. I worked for Howard County Public Schools where I taught biology at Wilde Lake High School. On a personal level, I will be getting married next September!

What were you like as a high school student?

Being the youngest of three girls in my family, I was a pretty good student since I had both my parents and sisters keeping an eye on me. At O'Connell, I was involved in the Spanish Honor Society and National Honor Society. Unfortunately, sports were not my forte, but I did run track for one season.

You can live anywhere in the world. Where do you choose to live?

I love the beach so I would definitely say Bora Bora! White sand and turquoise waters will never get old.

What is your favorite place to visit?

My parents are from the Philippines and I always love visiting there. My love for beaches started when I first visited in 2nd grade, and the prettiest beaches I've seen so far have been there. The last time I visited was in 2018 and the coolest thing I've ever done was swim with whale sharks!

What is your greatest achievement?

My greatest achievement thus far has been receiving my MAT. My program has helped shape me into the educator I am today and I am truly grateful.