Education Management Solutions

Whether you are a group of community members interested in the possibility of starting a grassroots charter school or a school district wishing to explore charter or contract school options, we have solutions to fit your needs.  As partners we work together through the process of charter school development, proposal writing, grant writing, school facility acquisition, and instructional programming design. We specialize in providing comprehensive human resource services, fiscal operations, and board of directors training and support. Creating solutions tailored to your school within your budget is our top priority.

Since 1996, The Rader Group has provided exceptional service to charter schools, contract schools, and private educational facilities with a focus on student success.



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Charter School Development

A Comprehensive Approach

Teacher & Student

Educational Program Design

Expert Guidance

School Application

School Management Solutions

The Path to Success


Our Team

Dr. Bill Rader, PhD

President and CEO

Dr. Rader has been an educator for over 40 years.  He earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at the University of Illinois and his Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota.  He was a tenured Professor of Teacher Education at Michigan State University, Associate Dean of the College of Education at the University of West Florida, Associate Vice-Chancellor of the City Colleges of Chicago, and Dean of the School of Professional Studies at Metropolitan State College of Denver.  In addition to being President of the Rader Group, Dr. Rader served as a founder of Aspen Ridge Preparatory School in Erie, Colorado.

Dr. Allison Schnell, EdD

Vice President

Dr. Schnell holds a Doctorate in Educational Studies Innovation and Education Reform from the University of Northern Colorado, a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Regis University and a Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Arts and Elementary Education with an Emphasis in Speech Communication from the University of Northern Colorado. She is a certified teacher and school administrator within the state of Florida. She taught elementary school for several years at a high-performing charter school in Florida and founded Aspen Ridge Preparatory School, a PreK-8 charter school, in Erie, Colorado in 2009.  Dr. Schnell served as the President of the Board of Directors of Aspen Ridge Preparatory School for four years, overseeing school operations before relocating back to Florida.

Ray Sansom, EdS

Vice President for Administration

Mr. Sansom holds on Ed.S in Educational Leadership from Liberty University.  He also has a B. S. Degree in Political Science from The Florida State University and a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of West Florida.  He has served as Principal of the Learning Academy of Santa Rosa,  a Dean of Students at the Okaloosa Academy, the Director of Community Affairs and Executive Director of the Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation for the Okaloosa School District, and also worked as an Okaloosa County Commissioner, serving from 1992-2000.  Mr. Sansom was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2002 and in 2008, he became the 84th Florida Speaker of the House.

Andrea James, CPA

Finance Manager

Ms. James is responsible for overseeing the accounting and payroll of all charter schools managed by the Rader Group.  Her primary role at the Rader Group is Finance and Budgeting, but she works closely with all the schools with day to day operational issues including staffing, payroll, benefits, and accounting.  She has an MBA and Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from University of North Alabama and is a certified public accountant.  She has over twenty years of experience in accounting and management. Prior to joining the Rader Group, Ms. James worked in both the private and public accounting sectors with extensive experience in the healthcare industry.

Elizabeth Daters

Human Resources Manager

Mrs. Daters serves as the Human Resources Manager for The Rader Group.  She is responsible for overseeing human resource policies and processes, and providing general human resources support for all schools under contract with The Rader Group.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas and Bachelor of Arts Degree from Rhodes College. Prior to joining The Rader Group, Elizabeth has held positions in a variety of HR functional areas, as well as management and finance. She is a native Arkansan and recent transplant who is excited to make Florida home.   

Kara Griffin

Human Resources Assistant/Payroll Processor

Mrs. Griffin obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality Management from Florida State University. Her six years of experience as a property manager and experience in income revenue disbursement makes her well suited for this position with the Rader Group. She is responsible for the payroll processing for all schools under contract with the company as well as assisting the HR Director.

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On the Path to Success



The Learning Academy of Santa Rosa

A charter school serving students in grades 6-12

5880 N. Stewart Street

Milton, FL 32570

Phone: 850-983-3495

Fax: 850-983-8098

Director: Forrest Ward


Okaloosa Academy

Home of the LEAP Program
A charter school serving students in grades 4-12

720 Lovejoy Road NW
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
Phone; 850-864-3133
Fax: 850-864-4305
Director: Christol Jarrett


Okaloosa Academy- DJJ

Department of Juvenile Justice Program

4449 Straight Line Road
Crestview, FL 32539
Director: Stephanie Duenas


Walton Academy

A charter school serving students in grades 6-12

389 Dorsey Avenue

DeFuniak Springs, FL 32435

Phone: 850-892-3999

Fax: 850-892-7854

Director: David Schmidt


Walton learning center

Department of Juvenile Justice Program

286 Gene Hurley Road
DeFuniak Springs, FL 32435
Director: Shekima Fields

Young Teacher


Seeking dedicated education professionals



*Teachers must hold a valid Florida Educator's Certificate or a Statement of Eligibility from the FLDOE


DEAN OF STUDENTS (Click for position description)

Hiring for the 2021-2022 School Year

Okaloosa Academy Charter School

Fort Walton Beach, FL

OFFICE MANAGER (Click for position description)


Okaloosa Academy Charter School

Fort Walton Beach, FL

INTENSIVE READING TEACHER (Click for position description)

Hiring for the 2021-2022 School Year

Okaloosa Academy Charter School

Fort Walton Beach, FL

ENGLISH TEACHER (Click for position description)

Hiring for the 2021-2022 School Year

Okaloosa Academy Charter School

Fort Walton Beach, FL



Hiring for the 2021-2022 School Year

Okaloosa DJJ

Crestview, FL


SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHER (Click for position description)

Hiring for the 2021-2022 School Year

Learning Academy of Santa Rosa

Milton, FL


ENGLISH TEACHER (Click for position description)

Hiring for the 2021-2022 School Year

Walton Academy Charter School

Defuniak Springs, FL


Please note: The following position for CTE Teacher does NOT require a teaching certificate.


Hiring for the 2021-2022 School Year

Walton Learning Center

Defuniak Springs, FL


Email your resume to or click the button below to complete an application packet.

We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, we comply with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and



Teacher Hiring Pool

We are always searching for certified teachers.  Submit your resume by clicking the button to be added to our teacher hiring pool and we will contact you when we have an opening in any of our schools.