Rachel Hedman competed in storytelling as a sophomore high schooler in 1994. Everything went wrong with her first telling, and she considered quitting. By senior year, she received 5th in State (Wisconsin) for Storytelling. Rachel launched the BYU Storytelling Club as a freshman; it earned the Service Award. She became the first recipient of the J.J. Reneaux Mentorship grant from the National Storytelling Network, training with Don Doyle. Since 2004, Rachel continues to mentor California high school tellers. She received the Arne Nixon Storytelling Award from them. She has been Youth, Educators, and Storyellers Alliance Co-Chair, National Youth Storytelling Showcase Board Member, and Utah Storytelling Guild President. Rachel received the ORACLE Award for service and leadership in the Western Region. For eight years, she served the Weber State University Storytelling Festival as Storyteller Chair. Meanwhile, she completed her Storytelling Masters from East Tennessee State University. The adoption folktales thesis was defended two days before adopting two boys with her husband, Casey. They have since adopted a girl. She kickstarted Story Crossroads in 2016, a Salt Lake county storytelling festival.