Brooklyn born and bred, Rachel Nisselson earned her B.A. in French at Amherst College and her Ph.D. in French literature at Vanderbilt University. She has taught students ranging in age from 8 to 22 in both France and the U.S., and in both day and boarding environments. While at Vanderbilt, Rachel helped train teaching assistants in various disciplines through the university’s Center for Teaching and co-wrote a lesson study that was published in the Journal on Excellence in College Teaching in 2016. Additional publications have appeared in The French Review and Expressions maghrébines. Rachel currently teaches French and Spanish and heads the Modern and Classical Languages department at Loomis. She lives with her husband, Adnan, and children Raphael and Anika, in Taylor Hall. She enjoys leading trips abroad, playing squash and tennis, gardening, reading, and watching films.