Prevention & Education Director
Her work in substance abuse prevention began in college, where she served as president of a peer education group that taught fellow students about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. That experience propelled her to major in Health Studies and also get her teacher certification from Eastern Illinois University.
Prior to being named Prairie Center’s Director of Prevention & Education, Rachael Blosser taught Health classes at Urbana Middle School and Bolingbrook High School. Her classes focused not only on physical and mental and emotional health, but also on topics such as decision making, safety, and drugs and alcohol.
What appealed to her about working as Director of Prevention and Education, a position which interfaces with our community’s youth nearly every day? “The ability to get out and make connections with people who are also working to positively impact kids’ lives,” she says. “I have a passion for helping kids because they are the future of our community.”
Rachael enjoys working with middle school students in particular because they are at the age when they are learning how to navigate different social situations and handle conflict. They often find themselves in situations where they can do what’s right for themselves or follow peer pressure. And Prairie Center’s Prevention work is exciting because it’s all about equipping kids to make the best decisions for themselves and take control of their own lives.
In her free time, Rachael coaches cheerleading at Urbana Middle School.