Rachel Marple, 2018 Chancellor's Medallion recipient
Rachel Marple was recognized as 2018 Chancellor's Medallion recipient during the Winter 2018 University of Michigan-Dearborn's commencement ceremony.
The University of Michigan-Dearborn recognized Rachel Marple who graduated from the College of Education, Health, and Human Services, as one of the five Chancellor Medallions recipient during the Winter 2018 commencement ceremony on April 29, 2018.
The Chancellor's Medallion is awarded to five UM-Dearborn undergraduate degree candidates, selected across all academic units, and is presented at the Commencement Exercise. The students are selected by the faculty based on their academic record, quality of character, vitality, intellect, and integrity.
Along with Rachel, Monica Marie De Roche (CASL), Brock Rowberry (CASL), Marybeth Muliett (COB) and Stephen Mara (CECS) also received this award.
Rachel Marple has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education with a specialization in Special Education. She graduates with high distinction. She has been on the Dean’s List for five terms, is a member in the Tau Sigma National Honor Society and a recipient of the CEW Ann Arbor Scholarship and the Fast Fourward Scholarship.
Marple has made multiple trips to Haiti, where she co-founded the nonprofit organization Reach Out: Lafond. The goal of the organization is to help the children of LaFond, Haiti, by enriching their education and providing their parents with essential economic advancements so their children can thrive within their own homes. As of 2018, they serve pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade students, and Marple is currently fundraising to support a building expansion to accommodate ninth-grade students this fall.
Marple has worked on incorporating a Response to Intervention (RTI) program in the LaFond school. Last summer, she introduced positive behavior supports to the teachers, which has resulted in a decrease in behavior issues. This summer she plans to lead professional development for the teachers to help identify struggling students and incorporate strategies to close the learning gap.
Back home in Michigan, Marple tutors students in her community in math or reading. She also worked with Education Operations Associate Professor Chris Burke and Neinas Elementary School to plan and build a community park near their school.
After graduation, Marple plans to work in the special education field and hopes to begin an afterschool tutoring program to benefit students within the school district where she will be working. Her long-term plans include pursuing a master’s degree in educational leadership at UM–Dearborn in order to continue advocating for inclusive educational practices both in and outside of school.