Meet the Team! Rachel Sopko

Bitmoji introduction to Rachel Sopko
What do you do at iLearnNH?

My job is to be an expert in all things ed tech. This means I spend a lot of my time working with the iLearnNH tools to think about how they can better support the needs of students and teachers in New Hampshire. I design and deliver our professional development workshops. My favorite part of my job is hearing about the things teachers are doing in the classroom to try and figure out how our tools can help them deliver amazing lessons.

Describe a favorite moment working with the iLearnNH team.

During our workshops I get to learn more about what New Hampshire teachers are doing, and I love helping them think about creative uses of tech in the classroom. My favorite moments are during workshops when teachers get excited about the tools and realize that they can do something they hadn’t been able to before. These “ah-ha” moments are always so fun to see.

If you could design your perfect Saturday, what would it look like?

My perfect Saturday would start with a run listening to a podcast or audiobook. Then I’d have a quiet breakfast (with coffee, of course!) before heading off to an outdoor adventure with my husband and son. After our adventure, I’d make dinner and then someone else would clean the kitchen while I get to curl up on the couch with a cozy blanket and either a TV show or good book.

If you could spend three months learning something new, what would you choose?

​​​​​​​I would work on my cooking/baking skills. I’d learn to make fresh pasta, the perfect latte, and master the art of French macaroons.   

It’s 2025. What is one way education is different for teachers or students?

​​​​​​​Teachers are excited to teach again because they have the support and time and technology isn’t an afterthought or an add-on in the classroom. We aren’t still grappling with how to integrate tech and use the tools, but instead teachers are seamlessly planning high-tech, low-tech, and no-tech activities for their students in ways that best accomplish learning goals and expand the walls of the classroom.

Most importantly... any pets? 

None of my own right now but I'm a big fan of my brother's dog Kito. He loves stuffies with squeakers, all things cheese, and being as close to humans and physically possible.

Image of Rachel's brother's dog