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

Educational Program Design

Expert Guidance

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.

Amy Pupo, SHRM-CP

Human Resources Director

Ms. Pupo comes to The Rader Group with an extensive management and HR background.  For over 13 years she worked at a large credit union in Houston, Texas, specifically with HR operations. She has also worked in a Marketing and Quality Assurance capacity for other corporations. Ms. Pupo has a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts from the University of West Florida and considers Northwest Florida “home” after having lived in Houston for the past 16 years.  She joined The Rader Group in 2015 and specializes in overseeing all aspects of human resources processes.  In addition, Ms. Pupo handles corporate insurance policies, internal payroll, and assists our executives with financial operations.

Tammie Braden, CPA


Ms. Braden 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 in day to day operational issues including staffing, payroll, benefits, and accounting.  She has a degree in Accounting from Auburn University and became a certified public account in 1997 in Georgia.  She has extensive experience in public accounting in the areas of audit and taxation, including Big Four accounting experience.  Prior to joining the Rader Group, Ms. Braden was the Controller at the Darlington School, a non-profit boarding and day school, and was a corporate reporting and budgeting manager at a large SEC corporation. 

Jennifer Parker

Financial Assistant

Ms. Parker is responsible for assisting with accounting and finance functions for the charter schools managed by the Rader Group. Her primary roles include Accounts Payable, Purchasing, and Inventory Management. Jennifer obtained her B.S. in Computer Science from the University of West Florida in 2013 and her A.A. in Accounting and Business from Northwest Florida State College in 2009. She has a wealth of experience in office management, finances, accounting, customer service, project management, and IT.   

Mary Ann Gray

Operations Specialist/Payroll

Ms. Gray has thirty-three years experience working for fortune 500 companies, including sixteen years as a Computer Analyst. Ms. Gray joined the Rader Group in 2005 as a Human Resource Assistant and in 2015 she became the payroll processor for all schools under contract with the company.  


On the Path to Success



Gulf Coast Treatment Center

Contract for Education Services

1015 Mar Walt Drive
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32457
Phone: 850-863-4160
Fax: 850-863-8576

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

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Seeking dedicated education professionals

If you would like to apply for employment opportunities at any of our school locations, please click to access the APPLICATION FOR EMPLOYMENT

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The Rader Group

Phone 850-650-3984

Fax 850-650-6352

101-A Business Centre Dr
Miramar Beach, Florida 32550