Prof. Rachel Curtiss

Rachel Curtiss
Prof. Rachel Curtiss B.S., Elementary Education, M.A.T.
  • Elementary Education
  • MA in Teaching



B.S., Elementary Education -Wayne State University; M.A.T. -University of Michigan

Years Employed at Multnomah:

Completing year one!

Academic Departments Teaching In:

Teacher Education & Mathematics

Favorite Quote:

“Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass...It’s about learning to dance in the rain.”

Where I come from

A Michigan native, I was born and raised in Detroit alongside three younger siblings (and a feisty four-legged sister named Sadie). I earned my BS in Elementary Education from Wayne State University and a MAT (with an emphasis in mathematics education) from the University of Michigan. Go Blue! Prior to coming to Multnomah, I had the joy of teaching at both the elementary and middle school level.

In 2005, I met my husband Joshua, a Northwest born Multnomah grad. After college, he accepted a youth pastor position at a small church in Michigan, the same church I happened to attend. It was there, one Sunday morning, that he turned and smiled - that was all it took. When you let God write your love story, you know it will turn out better than you could imagine. Let me say, without hesitation, these last six years of marriage have been an amazing adventure (including the journey we took in December of 2011 when we traveled 2,500 miles to Vancouver where we now reside). I thank God for the hunk of a man I get to spend my life with and I pray our marriage continues to be a reflection of His love for the church.

Salvation Story

Only a junior in high school, I can vividly remember sitting in the wood pew at church, near the front of the sanctuary. As the priest talked, I remember getting an empty feeling inside, as if God were a million miles away. I had no idea what to do about it, but God did. Shortly after, my family traveled to visit my aunt in Chicago. I noticed a difference in her; she told stories about her walk with Jesus and brought the Bible to life. One night we stayed up talking about God and I made a commitment to follow Him - that moment changed the course of my life.

Why I teach at Multnomah

I first became interested in Multnomah because of the impact it has had on my marriage. The wisdom and love the professors imparted to my husband, when he attended, has been a blessing. I consider it an honor to be part of a university that works so diligently to instill in its students a passion for God’s Word and excellence in their field of study.

Education and Research

More news to follow…working on my doctorate now. My dissertation focus is on mathematics education.

People who inspire you

Jesus. He is the only one who has the strength to love me into being a better person. I find peace when I read the Bible and spend time alone with Him. Joshua, my husband. I have never in my life met a man of more integrity, wisdom, patience, or who leads a family better than him.

Favorite person in the Bible

Esther would have to be one of my favorite characters. She was just a normal girl, who didn’t have it all together, but she trusted the Lord and He used her to bless others.

Extra-curricular, non-ministry activities

In my free time I enjoy running, photography, reading, hiking, working out and camping – it looks like I moved to the right place.

Family or other information

I love being a wife (I hope to be a mom someday!) and I am passionate about encouraging young married couples. In fact, my husband and I sit on the board of directors for Every Marriage Matters in Oregon. It's just the two of us now, no pets - not even a fish.