Using a Student’s Anchor Points to Open Learning Spaces

November 29, 2022

Episode 249

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Description: Ms. Guilfoyle’s teaching philosophy focuses on equity and students’ experiences as pathways to student connection.

We'd like to thank the Naval Academy Spouses and Civilian Club for their support of this episode.


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Third Culture Kids

DODEA Teacher of the Year Program



Rachel Guilfoyle: 2022 DODEA State Teacher of the Year and Fulbright 2022-2023 Global Teachers for Classrooms Award Recipient.

Rachel Guilfoyle is an experienced educator, scholar, and historian. As 2022 DoDEA State Teacher of the Year, she is currently representing DoDEA educators, students, and military-connected families at the national level during her Year of Service from January to December 2022. Passionately driven by examining the past to help build the future, she takes pride in providing culturally responsive, standards-based education. Ms. Guilfoyle’s teaching philosophy focuses on equity and students’ experiences as pathways to student connection and as a vehicle to deliver culturally responsive, standards-based education. Her experiences living in Mildenhall, England, Okinawa Japan, Spangdahlem, Germany and other locations as a military child, surviving military spouse, parent to military children and her perspectives as a first-generation American, inspired Ms. Guilfoyle to become a Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) educator in support of the mantra “Military families also serve.”

A thirteen-year teaching veteran, Ms. Guilfoyle is a fifth-grade educator at Daegu Elementary School in South Korea. Ms. Guilfoyle is a recipient of the United States Forces Korea Scroll of Appreciation for Excellence in Education award, 2022 DoDEA Pacific West Teacher of the Year, National Endowment of the Humanities Scholar and 2022-2023 Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms Scholar. She holds Bachelor and master’s degrees in Education, as well as teaching certifications from DoDEA and the state of Georgia. Ms. Guilfoyle’s husband, Robert Kenny, a fellow DoDEA educator from London, England, --shares her passion for culturally responsive education and completing their “Wonders of the World” travel bucket list; together they are the parents of three daughters-- Michela, Yasmin and Kamala-- all Daegu Middle High School graduates--and a son, Alex who is a middle school’s student at Daegu Middle High School.



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