Rachel Berkey is an accomplished administrator, educator, and advocate for children with learning disabilities. She has lived in Harrison for 33 years. She and her husband, David, raised their two sons, Michael and Adam, in Harrison. Both boys graduated from Harrison High School. During her sons’ school years, she was an active member of the PTA, an avid fan at every sport they participated in, and an ardent fundraiser for the Harrison HIgh School Marching Band.
While her sons were still in school, Rachel returned to school herself to train as a school librarian. After graduating from the Long Island University Palmer School for Library Science and Media Studies, she worked for several years as the librarian at Harrison Avenue School.
In 2004 she became the Head Librarian at The Churchill School & Center in New York City, a K-12 non-public school for children with language-based learning disabilities. She held that position for 14 years.
Rachel is a member of three boards in Westchester: The Harrison Children’s Center, the Jewish Community Center of Harrison, and Student Advocacy of Westchester County, a non-profit agency committed to ensuring that students in Westchester County with learning disabilities, medical, psychological or physical challenges obtain the special services that are mandated by New York State law.
In addition to her MLS degree, Rachel has a JD from Cardozo Law School, a MS in Reading Education from Syracuse University and a BA in English from American University.
She is running for a seat on the Town Board because she wants to be part of the Democratic team that will transform Harrison government into an organization committed to providing quality services to Harrison residents. This can be achieved by respecting different viewpoints, valuing diversity and addressing economic inequality.
Her professional experience, active involvement on community boards and experiences growing up in a large family in upstate New York, makes Rachel confident that she has the communication skills, honesty and fortitude to serve the Town of Harrison.