Rachel Fulton is the recipient of the 2022 Peggy Frederickson Fellowship. The Fredericksen Fellowship was established to honor the memory of Peggy Fredericksen, who received her B.A. in Elementary Education from UC Santa Barbara in 1951. While attending UCSB, she met her husband, Donald Fredericksen.
Peggy pursued a career teaching elementary school in Santa Barbara and Long Beach before deciding to raise her family full-time. She remained engaged in numerous civic and volunteer roles, including serving on the PTA, the League of Women Voters, and Alpha Phi Sorority’s alumni association, advancing to leadership roles in each. Peggy passed away in January 2013, and this fellowship fund has been created to honor and sustain her memory and passion for K-12 education.
Rachel Fulton is pursuing a Master’s in Education and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential in UCSB’s Teacher Education Program. She previously graduated from UCSB in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Sociology and is excited to be back to pursue a career in teaching. Since receiving her B.A., Rachel has spent time working in outdoor education with sixth-graders and found her passion in teaching with nature. Rachel emphasizes hands-on learning, student-led exploration, and community building in the classroom. Her experiences with students have taught her the importance of equity, social-emotional learning, and most of all, that learning should be fun! She is eager to find ways to incorporate interactive projects in the classroom while emphasizing a holistic and empathetic view of each and every student.