Rachel Weinstein is a proud K-to-12 product of - and parent in - the Cambridge Public Schools. For the last eight years, she has been a parent at the Tobin Montessori School. She is excited to join the Vassal Lane Upper School community when her child starts there this fall.
Rachel has extensive experience with a variety of schools. Her early career included stints as a paraprofessional at the Graham and Parks School and as a reading teacher (in AmeriCorps) for sixth graders performing below grade level. For the last eight years, Rachel has served as the Chief Collaboration Officer for the Boston Compact, coordinating the partnership of Boston’s district, charter and Catholic schools. In this capacity, she has catalyzed productive professional relationships across a diverse array of educators as they establish a path forward that benefits children and families across Boston.
Rachel has worked on education policy with elected officials. As a young woman, she served as an intern to then State Representative Alice Wolf. During a decade that she lived in California, Rachel dove deeply into the realm of electoral politics. Among other roles, she ran the home office of the state Senate President, working in partnership with a wide range of constituents and community members.
Rachel has been a parent advocate for her son, whose elementary years have given her new insight into the experience of students of color in our schools. She has served on the Tobin Montessori School Site Council and participated in the Cambridge Public Schools’ Building Equity Bridges initiative as a member of a sense-making team focused on racial disparities in school discipline.
Longtime Cantabrigians may know Rachel as the daughter of Diane and Larry Weinstein or the sister of Noam Weinstein, another CPS grad and parent. In response to the racial violence during Boston’s desegregation efforts of the 1970s, Larry was the parent lead for creating the Controlled Choice plan in Cambridge. He served on the School Committee from 1986-94.
Rachel is ready to use her broad experience and collaborative skills for the benefit of all the children, families, educators and community members of Cambridge.