Rachel brings to STAR Institute a breadth of experiences and skills. She graduated with her Bachelor’s of Arts from the State University of West Georgia. Rachel received her Master’s in Education in School Counseling from Georgia State University and is a licensed Professional School Counselor. Following three years of work as a high school counselor, Rachel served for two years in Burkina Faso as a Peace Corps volunteer, working in the sector of Girls’ Education and Empowerment. Due to this work, she founded and is the Executive Director of a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness about gender equality and building schools in poor African communities. Prior to coming to STAR Institute, Rachel worked in community mental health with families of children and teenagers who were in the foster care, adoptive, juvenile or truancy court systems. This multi-faceted work included conducting clinical assessments, providing consultative services for Child and Protective Services, and providing counseling and psycho-education for families and children. Rachel conducted seminars and mentored other staff on assessment procedures. Rachel has completed the STAR Institute Intensive Mentorship Program Level 1. As a STAR Institute Family Counselor, Rachel is passionate about educating, supporting and empowering families as they seek to improve quality of life for their children and themselves.
Rachel Balderrama, M.Ed.