Teaching is a demanding job that attracts a special breed of people. These people are often motivated by a passion to make a positive impact on future generations.in spite of the tremendous demands and challenges that come with the job. So when Arcadia mom, Kerry Schulman, nominated Ingleside teacher, Erin Kadera, for the Arcadia News Teachers We Love award, stating, “I have never seen a teacher so dedicated to her job, her students and her school,” one might wonder what it takes to stand out among such a particularly committed group.

Kadera’s career with the Scottsdale Unified School District began 18 years ago. She worked for five years as an instructional assistant in a preschool, before moving to a position in the district office managing federal programs as a grant specialist. She did this all while raising her children and finishing her post-secondary education.

Eight years ago, she completed her teacher certification and took a teaching position at the same school her children had attended and where she first started as an instructional assistant, Hohokam Traditional School. Her dedication to the students and families earned her great affection and made such an impression on the then assistant principal, Dan Craddock, that upon his retirement, he urged her to set her sites on a new goal.

He told her that the great things she does in the classroom every day should not be limited to just the students in the room.

She remembers him saying, “You really need to put yourself in a position where you can impact an entire school.”

Not long after receiving Craddock’s council, Hohokam’s principal, Chad Caudle took a position at Ingleside Middle School. Kadera believed so much in Caudle’s leadership that she requested to move as well.

After being at Ingleside for two years, she said, “I feel very blessed that I have been able to build such great relationships in such a short period of time. I feel like I have the relationships with people [at Ingleside] that I had at Hohokam. It’s amazing to me.”

Nominating parent, Kerry Schulman, speculates that Kadera doesn’t sleep as she not only makes herself available for her students before school, during lunch and after school, but she is also always available – early or late – for parents.

While putting in long hours of work for Ingleside, Kadera has also spent those two years earning her master’s degree.

Kadera is now ready to follow the sage advice of her former assistant principal. She has accepted a position as assistant principal at Navajo Elementary School, where she can indeed extend her reach, impacting the lives of the students and families in an entire school.