Colton Tapoler / Kari Whaley


Colton Tapoler is a current doctoral student in the EdD in Educational Leadership program at the University of Central Florida. Colton received both a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts in English Language Arts Education and English Literature, respectively, also from the University of Central Florida in 2012. He holds a master’s degree in publishing from Pace University in New York City where he published his thesis on thematic development in young adult literature and how censorship impacted its growth. After completing his undergraduate studies, Colton began teaching English at the Florida Virtual School. While working as a virtual instructor, Colton also served on the course development team for the first-ever virtual high school social media elective and was the first instructor for the course. Since May 2014, Colton has been serving teachers directly as an Instructional Lead in the English 2 department.

Kari Whaley is currently a doctoral student at the University of Central Florida in the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership program. Kari received a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences and Master of Arts degree in Social Studies Education from Columbia University in the City of New York, where she published her action research graduate thesis on document based high school curriculum and its impact on student engagement. After completing her degree, Kari attended Georgetown University as a James Madison Fellow in 2013. Kari has served as a special assistant in the United States Senate, and as a high school teacher for both virtual and brick and mortar schools.