A Relay
of Impact

Our programs turn passionate people into
great teachers who help young people
find and pursue their passions.

Who we are

Relay Teacher Pathways is a teacher development center that offers unique teaching programs for college students and recent graduates. An initiative of Relay Graduate School of Education, a nationally accredited, nonprofit institution of higher education, we’ve helped thousands of people become passionate teachers who are inspiring the next generation of changemakers.


to build an entirely new graduate school to prepare teachers and school leaders for the 21st century


is the average amount of time that Relay professors have spent working in urban schools


host Relay teachers, residents, and principal fellows


provide dynamic environments for Relay teachers and residents to learn and develop


comprise the Relay community of educators

Study under experienced professors and teachers, so you can inspire others.
Join a community of educators who live and breathe social impact.
Be the change you want to see in yourself and your community.

In the News

"Great teaching has long been seen as an innate skill. But reformers are showing that the best teachers are made, not born..."

“We need people who look like we do, who come from our neighborhoods and who understand what it is like to be the first, to become role models for future young people.”

"Relay takes a simple but revolutionary approach: help aspiring and current teachers hone their classroom skills."

“The people that I started the Relay Residency with last year, that I see on a weekly basis, are going to change the world.”
Emily Seid
Relay Teaching Residency, Houston 2017

Meet the Recruiters

Our recruiting team possesses diverse skills and experiences. But there’s one thing they share — a passion for helping people find what drives them in life. No matter your story, they’ll help you write the next chapter.

Brittany L. Gibson
Director of Recruitment & Engagement

Recruiting Regions:Texas and Louisiana

Education:University of Texas at Austin, University of Washington in Seattle

Teaching Experience:First and third grades in Denver Public Schools

When I Was in College:I was a Camp Texas counselor at UT, mentoring incoming freshman at a summer leadership camp in the Texas Hill Country.

Fun Facts:I am the proud pet parent to two cats and one puppy. I am a big UT Longhorn and UW Husky fan.

Marneé Grant
Director of National Recruitment & Engagement

Recruiting Regions:National

Education:Ohio State University, University of Phoenix, Franklin University

Teaching Experience:High school special education

When I Was in College:I worked on an exciting HR project aimed at developing recruitment strategies while working at JPMorgan Chase.

Fun Facts:I collect classic jazz and blues records and love to go fishing when I can find time.

Rebecca Halprin
Manager of Recruitment

Recruiting Regions:Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma

Education:University of Massachusetts, Boston

When I Was in College:I volunteered as an art therapy mentor working with youth after school, and as an honors program mentor (teaching assistant) for American studies.

Fun Facts:My favorite animals are penguins and I take weekly pottery classes.

Krystle Halvorsen
Manager of Recruitment

Recruiting Regions:San Antonio and Houston

Education:George Fox University

Teaching Experience:Sixth-grade math at Hartman Middle School in Houston, TX

When I Was in College:My most memorable college experience was attending the Student Congress on Racial Reconciliation conference to celebrate diversity with other students.

Fun Facts:I love painting and working out when I have time. I’m still a supporter of the Oregon Ducks football team as well!

Tarah Moser
Manager of Recruitment

Recruiting Regions:Historically Black Colleges & Universities (National)

Education:Howard University, Louisiana Baptist University, Texas Southern University

Teaching Experience:16 years teaching English, AP language composition, speech communication, debate, and tennis (coach)

When I Was in College:I was an Upward Bound counselor, a lifeguard, and the president of Campus Pals, a group that provided support to incoming freshmen.

Fun Facts:I play guitar, piano, and drums, and I am currently writing a book.

Aaliyah Rainey
Manager of Recruitment

Recruiting Regions:East Coast

Education:Howard University

Professional Experience:I previously worked as a recruitment coordinator for People’s Preparatory Charter School in New Jersey.

When I Was in College:I went on a life-changing Alternative Spring Break trip to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, where I was able to help with recovery efforts.

Fun Facts:I coach high school girls’ basketball and I’m an optimistic fan of the New York Knicks. I often think that characters on TV shows and movies are my real friends.

Meet Our Support and Leadership Teams

Paul D. Koehler
Manager of Operations

Education:University of Redlands

Professional Experience: I served as Director of Projects at Leadership Prep Bedford-Stuyvesant (Brooklyn, NY) for 5 years; I currently serve as Treasurer of the Board for Trillium Charter School in Portland, OR.

Fun Facts:I grew up on an organic farm outside of Portland. I love to snowboard, rock climb, and play guitar.

Shani Dowell
Executive Director

Education:Howard University, Stanford University

Teaching Experience:Middle School Math Teacher, Houston Independent School District

Professional Experience: I worked at Bain and Company as a management consultant and the Posse Foundation as a trainer.

Fun Facts:When not looking for great future teachers, I can be found walking around East Nashville, volunteering at my kids' school, or reading and writing.

Tania Shinkawa
Senior Director of Strategy & Operations

Education:Princeton University, Columbia University

Professional Experience: I previously worked for the New York City Department of Education, McGraw-Hill/The Grow Network, Prudential Financial, and Yahoo.

Fun Facts:In my spare time, I love running, tennis, yoga, and playing the guitar.

Jabali Sawicki
Senior Director, Inspire

Education:Oberlin College, Columbia University

Teaching Experience:Middle School Science Teacher, Roxbury Preparatory Charter School in Boston

Professional Experience: I was Founding Principal of Excellence Boys Charter School, an all-boys K-8 school in Brooklyn, NY.

Fun Facts:I am an avid street photographer, retired break-dancer, husband, father, and philosopher.

Talisha White
Director of Engagement

Education:Spelman College, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Teaching Experience:4th and 5th grade teacher in Atlanta

Professional Experience: I was the founding planner for a teaching residency program and served as a school system consultant with a focus on improving teacher quality.

Fun Facts:I love to read, kickbox, and spend time with family and friends.

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