Rachel Brady

Pre-Kindergarten Lead Teacher

Where did you grow up?: I’m a Denver native!

How long have you been working with children/teaching?: About 15 years

What led you to a career in education?: I started babysitting and nannying at a young age and got my first creative movement teaching job at age 14. Connecting with children through movement coupled with the one on one time I was getting through my caregiver role, I fell in love with it. It felt meaningful and impactful and fueled my creative passion for connecting with people and aiding in another’s growth.

What is your favorite thing about working at DCP?: The children!

What is your favorite thing to do in the classroom?: Art! I love seeing a child’s idea come to life and I love when they talk me through their process and favorite parts of their artwork.

What are your hobbies or passions outside of DCP?: I am a mama to a cool toddler boy, a dance teacher ages 2-87, and a practitioner of Thai Bodywork. You can find me having an impromptu dance party in the kitchen, reading, taking walks, scrolling through dance videos on the internet, learning from wise women through workshops, reading, and coffee shop conversations, or outside with my lavender plants.

Where can we find you in Denver (favorite spots/hangouts/places to visit): Sloan’s Lake under a tree with my kiddo. Art gallery. Park. Coffee shop. Snuggling my son on the couch.

Tell us about your family:I am the baby of the family. The youngest of 4 girls. My mother has been in childcare the majority of my life so I can attribute my passion for teaching in part to her. My dad is inspiring. He went back to school at age 50 to become a pharmacist. He’s always been hard working. Though we could not be more different, my sisters are brilliant mothers who I look up to and admire.

What did you want to be when you grew up?: I’m not sure I thought about it too much. I knew that dance and movement would be a constant throughout my life no matter what.

What do you remember most about being a young child?: I remember being very serious! Thats probably why I love being a part of DCP. There’s SO much play happening here!

What was your favorite thing to do as a child?: I remember reading a lot and helping my mom in the garden or kitchen.