The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools Celebrates Raquel Crader With The 2022 Changemaker Award 


In celebration of National Charter Schools Week, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools is excited to honor Raquel Crader as one of 10 recipients of the 2022 Changemaker Award for making a positive difference in her community this year. The award honors individuals who positively impacted their charter school, brought innovation and creativity to solve problems, and consistently lifted voices around them. 

Raquel consistently goes the extra mile to support her students’ unique needs even in the face of ongoing challenges. 

Raquel was among the first to get her students online during the pandemic. As a fifth-year teacher at Dolores T. Aaron Academy, Raquel built an interactive YouTube channel for parents and students to continue their love of reading when they had less access to books and reading time at school. 

She went above and beyond to reach her students while they were learning at home – putting together virtual lessons, connecting via Facetime, and doing all that she could to make sure none of her students regressed. When they returned to in-person learning, her virtual lessons were one of the most talked-about topics amongst students. As one of her students says, “Raquel Crader is a superhero.” Hear from Ms. Crader, her school principal, and students, here. 

View the full roster of the 2022 Changemakers. 

“We are thrilled to honor these individuals who do the hardest work: supporting, educating, and leading their school community on the ground every day. These recipients are the heartbeat of what makes charter schools such special public schools. Please join us in celebrating their commitment to students’ education and their future,” says Nina Rees, CEO and President of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. 

Join the National Alliance on May 12 at 4 p.m. ET for a virtual celebration of the 2022 Changemakers. Register today!