My name is Rachael Ayers-Arnone. I was born and raised in Iowa City, Iowa. While earning my graduate degrees, I taught full-time and was pregnant with my second child when I graduated with my master’s and fourth child when I defended my dissertation. My master’s thesis focused on advertisements and adolescence, while my Ph.D. focused on culturally relevant teaching in the art room.
I have a total of four kids; an eighteen-year-old daughter Elizabeth, two sixteen-year-old sons (one biological, Jack, and one stepson, Matisse), and a nine-year-old son, Rocco. The kids get along well enough to break into spontaneous song just about anywhere! Teaching in Iowa City for twenty years, I have taught everything from elementary through high school, with the bulk of my years at the junior high level. I have been teaching full-time junior high for the last nineteen years, with approximately 180 students each trimester.
University of Iowa Bachelor’s Degree (2000)
University of Iowa Master’s Degree (2004)
University of Iowa Doctorate Degree (2012)