About Mrs. Ford

Phone: 951-294-6600 x3310


Degrees and Certifications:

- BA Biology, BA Policy Studies - Rice University - CLAD Certification - MA Biology - Miami University of Ohio

Mrs. Rachel Ford

I am very pleased to be part of the Bella Vista community. I have a passion for science that I am excited to share with my students!

I grew up in New York State and attended college at Rice University in Houston, TX, where I double majored in biology and policy studies. After graduating, I started teaching a 9th grade integrated science course in Newark, NJ through the Teach For America program. I fell in love with education and this is now my 11th year in the classroom and 17th year in secondary education. (I also spent 6 years as a curriculum specialist for a STEM program in Grand Rapids, MI.)

On a more personal level, I have three daughters that also attend school within TVUSD. My oldest, Sydney, loves to be active and is a voracious reader. Maya (in the middle) loves to build things, plays basketball and very successfully stalls at bedtime by asking questions about how things work. My youngest, Gabby, has a bubbly personality and is very tall for her age, loves slime and likes basketball. I've coached all three girls in basketball in the past and hope to continue that this year. My husband valiantly tries to share his love of mountain biking with me and is extremely patient with me when we do hit the trails. We also have a young Vizsla who isn't quite a puppy anymore but still acts like it! I enjoy gardening, reading, hiking, making stuff and good coffee in my spare time.

Please remember that I am here to help! If you find that you are unsure about a concept, please communicate with me - the earlier, the better! I am looking forward to an excellent year!