My name is Rachel Noto, and unlike many, I can say that I am a true Georgia native. I was born in Atlanta, and raised in Marietta, Georgia. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to live in New York City for three years and in San Diego for seven years. I graduated from The University of Georgia with a degree in Spanish and completed a Masters in Spanish Education and English as a Second Language Education at New York University. I love to read, travel the world, and there really isn’t a beach I don’t like. I am currently a middle school teacher who loves to give back to the community and help those in need.
As a teacher, I have had opportunities to work with different organizations, as well as students who aren’t as fortunate as others. In San Diego, I helped organize and create the program S.O.A.R. This program was designed to introduce those students in need with opportunities that were associated with the curriculum from the school. These students were given the enrichment opportunities that they may not have otherwise been able to find and experience on their own.
In 2010, when my family and I moved back to Atlanta, we became more involved in giving back to our community. At my current school, we host a yearly fundraiser for Pennies for Patients. Each year, my homeroom reaches out and raises the more money for the cause than any other class. We have been able to raise over $1500 a year. In 2014, I was nominated for the Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award, and that same year, I was given the Suzanne Brown Service Award. For the past four years, I have been the sponsor of the Jr. Beta Club at my school. Jr. Beta is a way that teaches our children how to help others in the community. We set up opportunities for others to volunteer and give back to the community.
My husband and I attend different charity events throughout the year. I believe that it is important to help those who are not as fortunate and have limited resources. I also believe that in order to do good and continue to do good, one must lead by example. It is important for me that my daughter sees me as an active member of the community and sees me giving back to our community, hoping that she can and will do the same. By watching, listening, and traveling with us, my daughter has the passion to help those in need. So much, that she wants to create her own company with the sole purpose of helping those in need.
For the past couple years, I have helped secure donations for the Celebrating Cross silent auction charity event. I find it important to make others aware of all the needs around us, as well as the needs of those globally. Just because we can’t see it, it doesn’t mean it’s not there. When I was asked to be on the board of “Refuse to do Nothing”, I was honored and humbled. I truly believe that we need to do more to make this world a better place. We need to refuse to do nothing, and step forward.
I am excited to be a part of the “Refuse to do Nothing” board. I look forward to being part of an organization that is doing something by refusing to do nothing.