Mrs. Wachell is driven by both a love of literature and a love of teaching. Within her classroom, she seeks to foster critical thinking skills and cultivate the unique strengths of each student. She strongly believes that education is a tool of empowerment that instills hope and creates opportunity.
Although she grew up in the South Bay as a child, she left Palos Verdes for Arizona when she was ten years old. She spent her adolescence in the Phoenix-Scottsdale area before moving back to California for college. She received bachelor's degrees from University of Southern California (USC) in Comparative Literature (with an emphasis in French Literature) and Cinema-Television Critical Studies. In addition, Mrs. Wachell has earned a master's degree in Education from Pepperdine University.