As a student athlete, hurdler Rachel Edoho-Eket received a full track scholarship to Temple University.
"I was able to accomplish two things at once, education for free and earn this major degree that really set me up for success while running and having a great experience as a collegiate athlete," said Edoho-Eket. "I love Temple and I have always wanted to come to Temple because of the education program. Temple is so amazing."
Edoho-Eket, EDU '06 began her career as a kindergarten teacher after her internship at John Moffet Elementary School in North Philadelphia. Her internship was her first introduction to kindergarten, a position she grew to love.
Speaking fondly about her Temple education, Edoho-Eket shared "Temple is so important to me in my development as a teacher and as a leader now."
A third-generation educator, she's proud to share that her grandmother was a Baltimore City teacher for 32 years and a librarian. Also, her mother attended Morgan State University and received an education degree. She's hopeful that her own daughter follows in their footsteps.
Edoho-Eket, a wife, mother and principal, can now add "author" to her list of accomplishments. She recently wrote and published "The Principal's Journey: Navigating the Path to School Leadership." Her book launch was attended by family, friends, mentors and educational leaders.
"Rachel's book is a wonderful and encouraging guide to pursuing educational leadership. We benefit from her life journey," said Kirsten Halker-Kratz, assistant dean of development and alumni relations.
The book is for anyone preparing for a transition to a higher level of leadership. In it, she provides practical tips, advice for success, and space for readers to write reflections designed to strengthen their personal leadership experiences.
With decades as a teacher and leader in public education, Edoho-Eket has earned the reputation as being a strong instructional leader, passionate educational advocate and dedicated mentor. As the principal of Waverly Elementary School in Maryland, Edoho-Eket is a lifelong learner who strives for excellence for herself and everyone she serves.
Edoho-Eket says her belief in fostering meaningful relationships is the foundation for everything she does. In addition, her highly effective teaching and leadership style inspires aspiring teacher leaders.
During her educational career, she has proudly served as a classroom teacher, instructional team leader, mentor teacher, assistant principal and principal.
Edoho-Eket holds a BS in early childhood and elementary education from Temple University, an MS in curriculum and instruction from McDaniel College, and a doctorate in leadership and professional practice from Trevecca Nazarene University.