Posted on 10/23/2019
Ms. Etzel

Story by:  Trevor Tomlin
Photos by:  Aaron Wheeler and Treveion St. Clair-Helm

Even though Rachel Etzel was raised in Greenbrier County, West Virginia, she is no stranger to the Virginia way of life. In fact, she was born in Alleghany County and has a husband who is currently serving the United States Army in Virginia.

Mrs. Etzel has a Bachelor of Arts in History and International Studies and a Masters of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Education. And while, she might not have any children, yet, she has her hands full with three dogs at home!

When she is not educating the students of Parry McCluer High School in United States & Virginia History or Economics & Personal Finance, Mrs. Etzel enjoys running, reading, fishing, traveling around the country and world.

We interviewed Mrs. Etzel about her life and experience in education.

The questions and answers are below.

  1. How long have you been an educator?
    • This is my first year!
  2. What is your favorite story out of all of your classes – classroom or with a student?
    • I haven’t had any yet, but I look forward to having them.
  3. Favorite book to read with the students?
    • Sophie’s Choice by William Styron for my WWII Unit
  4. How does your classroom make you feel?
    • Excited!
  5. Most important issue in education today?
    • Keeping schools safe.
  6. What does it mean to be a Blue?
    • To be a part of a loving community and family for life.
  7. Did you graduate from BVCPS?
    • No, Greenbrier East High School in Lewisburg, West Virginia.
  8. Degrees/Colleges?
    • BA in History and International Studies from West Virginia Wesleyan College and a M.A.T. in Secondary Education from Liberty University.
  9. Family?
    • Husband, Jake and three pups: Koda, Sitka, and Sami.
  10. What are the main goals for your classroom this year?
    • Establishing a fun environment where young adults can develop skills to become responsible, knowledgeable citizens.
  11. What is something new and different you want to try with your students this year?
    • Incorporating more real world simulations in Economics & Personal Finance.
  12. What do you want parents to know?
  • I am here for your children and can be a source for any need!

Ms. Etzel, PMHS Social Studies Teacher