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Rachel Kirk

Anchor Team Coordinator

As the daughter of a Naval officer, Dr. Rachel Kirk grew up on the east coast and overseas. She received her Bachelor's in Psychology from Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, North Carolina, and her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. After receiving her Ph.D., she returned to the east coast to work as a licensed mental health counselor and manager. She specialized in trauma work and provided outpatient, community, and home-based mental health counseling for those who experienced some type of trauma. Her primary focus was children ages 2 – 14 years old.  In 2009, she was hired as an academic advisor for Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and in 2018 she became the Anchor Coordinator.  Currently she works with high school students taking college courses on the TAMU-CC campus and TAMU-CC students who are, or were, in the foster care system. She is an active member of NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising where she previously served as the Chair of the NACADA High School to College Advising Interest Group and currently serves as a Steering Committee member.  She was also selected as one of 10 advisors in the country to participate in the NACADA Emerging Leaders program, class of 2013 – 2015.  She has presented on advising at national and international conferences and led numerous workshops for peer mentors, mental health clinicians and childcare workers.