Rodel Exemplary Teacher
One of the few things in education about which there is unanimity is the need for and value of a highly effective teacher in every classroom. Rodel created the Exemplary Teacher Initiative to address the shortage of effective teachers in Arizona’s neediest schools.
The initiative created a pipeline of excellent teachers for schools that had a particularly hard time attracting and retaining teachers. Rodel provided a financial incentive for program graduates who chose to teach in high-need schools for at least three years. During those years, Rodel provided professional development and the opportunity to collaborate with other program participants. Feeling supported was essential to ensure success as new teachers navigated the inevitable challenges of being in a classroom.