Rachel Kaminski Sanders graduated from Florida State University in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in Apparel Design and Technology. Rachel spent her senior internship in the showroom of Donghia, a luxury interior design company, studying textile designs. After college, Rachel moved to New York City to start a career in the fashion industry. She had the wonderful opportunity to work with the fashion department at InStyle magazine, which landed her a job with Bottega Veneta’s communication department. At Bottega, she was able to work with a number of national publications and travel to Milan several times for Fashion Week.
Rachel moved back to South Carolina in 2010 in order to attend graduate school at Clemson University, where she received a Master of Arts in Teaching both English and Social Studies for grades 5th-9th. Rachel landed her first teaching position at Southwood Academy of the Arts, a public magnet school in Anderson, SC. The school offered a great opportunity to blend Rachel’s interest in art and her passion for teaching. She taught seventh grade writing for three years before deciding to pursue a PhD. Rachel received her doctoral degree at The University of Georgia in the Language and Literacy Education Department under the advisement of Dr. Donna Alvermann. At The University of Georgia, she was able to further explore her research interests, including: arts based research, new literacies and cultural studies. Rachel used her background in apparel design to broaden the types of scholarly research compositions traditionally accepted within higher education, an area of particular interest that she feels is imperative to developing a broader set of knowledge and skills that extend beyond academic institutions.