Arizona Alliance of Black

School Educators

Rachel Yanof is the first Executive Director of Achieve60AZ, the grass-roots, community-based, statewide attainment goal.  Rachel came to Arizona in 2003 as a Teach For America corps member.  Rachel taught eighth grade history at C.O. Greenfield in the Roosevelt School District for four years. Following that life-changing experience, Rachel was accepted to the Building Excellent Schools Fellowship and from that founded Phoenix Collegiate Academy in 2009 in South Phoenix serving a 95% Title I population.  Phoenix Collegiate Academy, under Rachel's leadership, was the Arizona Charter School of the Year in 2011 and saw over 80% of high school graduates go to a 4-year university.  Upon choosing to move on from PCA, the school had expanded to three campuses and a full K-12 offering. As a passionate educator, Rachel sits on various boards such as First Things First Phoenix South, Support My Club, and the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools.  Rachel earned her BA from Georgetown University, and her MA from Arizona State University.  She has been married to Joe since 2010 and they have three amazing and energetic young children.