Interview Series: Teacher Hiring Crisis

Edgility Associate Partner, Ron Rapatalo, sat down with five educators to discuss the challenges of hiring and retaining teachers in 2022.

Simon Rodberg

Shanita Rapatalo

  • Shanita Rapatalo is currently a national independent education/literacy consultant and co-owner of the Rapatalo Group, LLC. 
  • She has worked in the education non-profit sector as well as district and charter schools in New York City and Washington, DC, and began teaching 19 years ago as a Teach For America corp member.
  • She is currently a doctoral student at Fordham University focusing on Administration, Policy and Supervision.

Dumar Paden

  • Dumar Paden has over a decade of experience as an educator and school leader and currently serves as a high school principal at Achievement First Public Charter Schools
  • Prior to working at AF, Dumar was a founding staff member and leader at New Dawn Charter High School.
  • His experiences growing up in Brooklyn as a first-generation college graduate keep him committed to his community while ensuring all black and brown youth receive quality education opportunities

Mariana Tejada

  • Mariana Tejada is a Teach For America corps member.
  • She teaches 4th and 5th grade Dual Language English-Spanish Language Arts and Reading at Christene C. Moss Elementary School in Fort Worth ISD.
  • Mariana is a North Texas native and is proud to teach in the same district where her father worked as bilingual teacher. 

Emily Kremers

  • As a 10 year educator in the elementary and middle school setting, Emily strives to help other educators seek clarity, find their purpose, and ignite their passion to find personal and professional success.
  • She has a passion for mentoring, supporting, and onboarding educators.  
  • She holds a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from California State University, Bakersfield and a Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Public Relations, from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

Interview with Simon Rodberg

Interview with Shanita Rapatalo

Interview with Dumar Paden

Interview with Mariana Tejada

Interview with Emily Kremers


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