Speaker Bio

Speaker Bio

Dr. Rachael Mahmood is an engaging and activational speaker/facilitator on topics related to equity in education, including: culturally relevant instruction, culturally responsive teaching, implicit bias, minority parent involvement, and multicultural curriculum.


  • Ed.D, Northern Illinois University, in Teaching, Learning, Curriculum and Instruction, with a focus on culturally relevant instruction. 
  • M.Ed, Elmhurst College, in Teacher Leadership.
  • Micro-credential in Equity Mindset, Illinois State University.
  • Micro-credential in Culturally Responsive Curriculum, Illinois State University. (In Progress).
  • Reading Teacher Leader Endorsement.
  • B.Ed, Benedictine University, in Elementary Ed. and Psychology.

Teaching Experience

  • Five Years Early Childhood Teaching.
  • Fifteen Years Elementary School Teaching.
  • Worked in Title 1 Schools recognized for cultural and socio-economical diversity.
  • Using culturally responsive teaching, 90+% of my class typically earns a student growth percentile (SGP) over 70% on state tests; 0% under 40%. 

Presenter Experience

  • School Professional Development Presenter.
  • Institute Day Presenter.
  • Parent Meeting Presenter.
  • New and Pre-Service Teacher Trainer.
  • World Cafe/ Dialogue Circle Facilitator.
  • University Course Guest Presenter.
  • Webinar Presenter.


  • Teacher Feature, Naperville Sun, 1/2020.
  • Teaching Tolerance Guest Writer.
  • Published Dissertation.


  • Teaching Tolerance-National Award for Teaching Excellence- Semi-Finalist 2020


  • Indian Prairie School District, 204, IL Parent Diversity Advisory Council- Leadership Team.
  • Indian Prairie School District 204, IL Equity Ambassador
Presenting on Challenging Upper Middle Class Definitions of Parental Involvement During a District Wide Dialogue World Cafe Model.