TOTS MUSICAL DIRECTOR/Instructor
Rachel Hunt was born and raised right here, in the beautiful Ojai Valley, overcoming life’s adversity through art and theater. Rachel is excited to be giving back to the community that inspired and supported her as a kid. Actively involved with the Ojai Art Center and the Ojai Civic Light Theater, she has done many productions such as Music Man, Beauty and the Beast, Grease, West Side Story, as well as several youth written one act plays. The opportunities to be in these theater programs and have teachers such as Jeannie Carlson and Sharon Butler, who offered scholarships for dance and art classes, provided Rachel with positive activities and places to go when home life wasn’t so.
Rachel has over 10 years experience working and teaching children in many areas of education. Rachel attended Ventura College and Santa Barbara Community College earning her certificate in early childhood development. Having many deaf friends and learning some sign language throughout her life, Rachel completed American Sign Language 1,2, and 3. Her love for sign language and deaf culture grew, and she now enjoys incorporating signs into all her work with children and sharing the beautiful language. Rachel has also taken many art and theater courses and plans to continue her education.
After her fathers passing, Rachel had to take on all the responsibilities of adult life, learning life lessons and starting her first full time job as a nanny at age 16. While working and going to school, Rachel finished her child development classes and started working as a preschool teacher. Rachel has worked for La Petite Academy and Centro Infintal as a lead teacher. Rachel is now offering private enrichment art, theater and sign language classes while co-directing at OYES. She is also involved with facilitating youth art programs at Green Art People in West Ventura. Currently she stays busy acting with locally directed film, TV and Brooks student film projects. Rachel’s proud to announce the birth of her baby girl and is so blessed to be able to have work opportunities that will enrich the lives of children as her way of “paying it forward”.