Rachel Gallardo

District Support Team Lead

Rachel joins The Holdsworth Center with more than 10 years of experience in teaching, educational leadership
and teacher development.

Most recently, Rachel served as managing director of program innovation at By the Hand, an afterschool
program for children who live in high-risk, inner-city neighborhoods in Chicago, Illinois. In this role, she led the
creation of a new program model for the organization and restructured the talent development system.  As a
result of her innovation and work across the city, program and school leaders are helping children flourish

Rachel began her career in education as a science teacher in Charlotte, North Carolina and soon began
working in leadership positions for Teach for America in Dallas, Fort Worth, and Chicago. Throughout her
tenure, she successfully worked alongside teachers and district leaders to impact student achievement gains,
designed and executed high-impact professional development sessions for adult learners, and coached
elementary, middle, and high school teachers to help them deliver rigorous instruction.

Rachel graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, and is currently earning
her master’s degree in design and innovation from Southern Methodist University.