A Passionate Teacher, A Commitment to Transform Education, and a $100,000 Letter

Rachel with Ellen DeGeneres
Imagine having a casual conversation with one of the country's most popular TV personalities. Now, imagine getting to do so as an unexpected guest on her show. In front of 3.5 million viewers. On your birthday. When Rachel Faust accepted a last-minute invitation to travel to LA to attend a taping of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, she figured her trip would consist of just that: watching the show as a member of the live studio audience. Moments before the episode began recording, she learned she would be featured on it. A first-grade teacher and Teach For America corps member at the Van E. Blanton...