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Friday, July 1, 2016

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Rachael Stewart

7 Things You Didn't Know About Rachael Stewart

Did you know that we have Starbucks’ number one fan on staff at the College of Education? This former reality TV star is the current administrative support coordinator for the Department of Educational Leadership. Learn more about Rachael Stewart in this month’s 7 Things You Didn’t Know About the COE Faculty and Staff.

Rachael was born in Kenya, Africa
She moved to Pasadena, CA with her family when she was five years old. Her middle name, Mumbe, pays homage to her roots and is derived from the Akamba tribe. Mumbe means “the created beautiful.” She also speaks Kikamba!

She puts family first!
Rachael met her husband in a computer lab at CSU San Bernardino where they were both students. They now have their hands full at home with three young boys ages five, three and one.

She was a reality TV star
During college, Rachael was in an episode of a popular MTV “reality” show...though her lips are sealed as to which show!

Rachael loves to write
She has written everything from her Masters of Education thesis to a fashion blog she ran in college.

She was born to work in the education field
Rachael comes from a family of educators. Her father was a superintendent in Kenya and is now a lead faculty member at National University. Rachael’s mother was a teacher in Kenya. It’s no surprise Rachael has degrees in Early Childhood Education and K-12 Education!

Rachael is a major sports fan
Her favorite pro teams are the LA Lakers and the Pittsburgh Steelers, but she’s never been to a game for either team in person!

She is a loyal Starbucks customer
Rachael loves Starbucks and drinks one cup of coffee each day from the famous coffee house. She even worked at Starbucks during college!

How Rachael is making a difference in the College of Education:

“I am currently the Administrative Support Coordinator for the Educational Leadership Department and have the privilege to work with such an amazing faculty group. Recently, I’ve also taken on a role as a member under the University Senate’s, Diversity, Equity and Outreach Committee. My passion is to empower underprivileged youth towards their educational goals. Outside of the university, I mentor and support high school students reach their desires of starting, staying, and graduating from college. In addition to that I am also in the works of starting my own organization to empower young women through education. I strive to make a positive impact in every role I take on in hopes to make a difference in someone’s life.”