TaRael Kee is an Assistant Principal at Collinsville High School and currently serving as President of the Illinois School Counselor Association. He recently became a Site-Based Trainer for the American School Counselor Association.  

As a former school counselor at Collinsville HighSchool, he utilized data and technology to push the department to become more innovative, efficient, and inclusive.  

TaRael is a published author.

He was named the Collinsville School District e-Educator of the Year (2017),  recognized by College Board in (2018), received the Lindenwood Alumni Spotlight (2019), and was awarded Illinois School Counselor of the Year (2021).  TaRael graduated from Lindenwood University with a specialist degree in Educational Leadership in May 2021.

Attracting And Retaining Educators Of Color

by TaRael Kee

Show Highlights

  • Hiring practices for successfully hiring educators of color at your school.
  • Stop making excuses for a lack of diversity.
  • How to have very honest conversations with your hiring committee. 
  • Innovative and inclusive approach to bringing talent back to your community. 
  • The Kee to Success, a podcast to give you hope to keep making change.
  • Create a flipped job fair to hire a diverse and equitable staff.
  • Provide representation so children see themselves as leaders within the school community.
  •  Create a hub of hope for students to grow curiosity and connection.


TaRael Kee: Attracting And Retaining Educators Of Color

“I want every Ruckus Maker to know that they are the person that creates change. You create the change yourself. You have to do things you’re not even ready for in order to do it. There’s nothing wrong with not being fully ready. There’s nothing wrong with you. Get out there and start to make changes every single day.”

Tarael Kee

Download the podcast transcript here!

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