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RACHEL WAAGMEESTER, a sixth-grade student teacher, stands outside the Madison Middle School office on March 2. Waagmeester, who is student teaching under language arts and social studies instructor Kim Sheppard, dreams of working as a middle school teacher in the Madison Central School District.

Rachel Waagmeester wears many hats – she’s working as a new student teacher, completing her bachelor’s and master’s degrees and raising a family. She wouldn’t have it any other way.

Currently, Waagmeester is on track to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in mathematical technology and engineering in December. She was accepted into a program which allows her to take graduate-level courses while completing her bachelor’s degree.