Welcome to First Grade!



Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Arts Elementary Education Generalist Certification EC-6th grade Special Education Certification EC-12th grade

Mrs. Rachel Vanderburg

My name is Rachel Vanderburg, and I am a first grade teacher at Shields Elementary! This is my second year teaching first grade, and my first year at Shields. I have been in Waxahachie ISD for the past three years. There I taught kindergarten and first grade. I have previously taught Pre-K and second grade, and this will be my 5th year in the classroom. I graduated from Howard Payne University in December 2012, and am a 2009 Waxahachie High Schoool graduate. I am so excited to start a new chapter here with Red Oak ISD!

I have two children ages 6 and 4, and I got married in July to the man who is my best friend. Our family loves to spend time together by taking walks, going to the zoo, aquariums, museums, and going to the driving range. We have three dogs named Lucy, Tribble, and Maggie, and they keep us on our toes and laughing!  

Things in the world have been unknown and scary the past few months, but we are going to make the best of the situation, and we will have a great year in first grade this year! Thank you for trusting me with your child this year. I will do the absolute best I can in keeping them safe and teaching them what they need to learn in first grade!

Family Wedding Picture