Bryant Adult Alternative High School
Rachel Albert has a master’s degree in art therapy and works in Fairfax County Public Schools as both an art teacher and an art therapist. Through a year-long stay in Israel, she had the opportunity to facilitate therapeutic art-making in a variety of settings, while interacting with the clients and patients in Hebrew. The settings ranged from a pediatric cancer clinic, to a facility for adults with Down syndrome residents, to an elementary school that included new immigrants to Israel. Rachel learned first-hand how creating art can help people across cultures and skill levels. Upon returning to the United States, Rachel worked at a special education high school for students with emotional disabilities, teaching adolescents how to express themselves in appropriate and creative ways. Rachel is the only art teacher at Bryant, where she is inspired by her students’ daily dedication to learning against the odds.