Rachel Muhindo came to the United States as a Refugee when she was very young from her home country in central Africa known as the Congo. When she came to the United States she did not know the language but through the help of a translator at her school she began to learn English. Rachel and her family moved to Arizona from Seattle Washington a few years ago.
She recently received a job as a translator for the Isaac School District to provide translation services to students at Zito Elementary. The students at Zito are Refugees from West Africa and all speak various languages such as Kiswhaili, Swhaili and French. Rachel is fluent in all 3 languages and assists the students each day Monday thru Friday in the classroom.
There are 10 students at Zito who are in need of assistance and several other refugee students spread around the district. Rachel works with the school administrator and teachers to ensure that the students are learning the academic material and are adapting socially to the new environment. Rachel also works with the school to translate information and literature to the families of the refugee students so that they are aware what is going on at school.
Rachel has been a blessing to the Isaac School District, the students, staff and families. She serves as a very important resource to everyone on campus and district wide. Everyone is very happy to have Rachel on board and look forward to her help and assistance each day.
Rachel is currently finishing up her high school credits and plans to graduate in May and be the First Student from the Congo to graduate from WPHS. She is the oldest child and has 6 siblings. She plans to continue her education beyond high school and enroll in college so that she may become a teacher in the future.