Rachel Wylde is the founding director of Compass High School. She started her career in education as an educational therapist then worked as a high school special education teacher. She taught for five years in a therapeutic school before becoming a school administrator. She has been the director of three schools for students with learning differences. In 2006, Rachel founded Bayhill High School, which has become one of the premier schools for students with learning differences in Northern California.
Rachel has been active in statewide public policy, sitting on the board of the California Association of Special Education Schools (CAPSES) for 12 years, and in school governance, serving as board chair of a North Oakland Community Charter School (NOCCS).
Rachel has a BA in Psychology and a MA in Special Education from San Francisco State University, and a MA in Educational Leadership from Mills College. She has teaching credentials in multiple subjects, special education, and administration. Rachel is originally from San Francisco; she loves to cook and has published a cookbook, likes to work out and read, and travels to Ireland frequently with her husband and three children.