Rachel Root has dedicated her life to helping children with special needs. She has been a special education teacher in New York’s inner city public schools. She is also a chapter leader and consumer mentor for Advanced Bionics, a leading provider of cochlear implants, where she passionately helps newly diagnosed families navigate this difficult diagnosis. She is an active member of the Alexander Graham Bell Association of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Since her son Zachary was born profoundly deaf, Rachel has immersed herself in fundraising and awareness including the Hearing Loss Association of America and Summit Speech School, where she is co-chair of Family Fun Night. She is a board member of the early childhood center of Congregation Agudath Israel in North Caldwell, NJ. She holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan and an M.S in Special Education from Touro College, where she graduated at the top of her class. She is married with two children, one of whom has Usher Syndrome type 1F.