Teacher Created Materials
2011: Hall of Fame
Read Rachelle Cracchiolo's AEP Blog entries about her career in educational publishing.
- Part 1: Her greatest influence and the advice she would give to those choosing educational publishing
- Part 2: The greatest challenge she faced and the next big challenge for the educational publishing industry
- Part 3: The accomplishment she is most proud of
Listen to Rachelle's Hall of Fame Induction and Acceptance.
Rachelle Cracchiolo is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Teacher Created Materials, Inc., a California-based educational publishing company with worldwide distribution. As a leader in providing supplementary materials to the education market, Teacher Created Materials has a long-standing tradition of developing high quality products and professional development trainings that are research and standards based. In 1977, Rachelle launched the company's first book for teachers, Quick Fun Art. Since then Teacher Created Materials has published thousands of supplemental resources for use in the classroom.
Teacher Created Materials' many lines of products have won such prestigious honors as the Distinguished Achievement and Golden Lamp Awards from the Association of Educational Publishers. Other awards include the Teacher's Choice Award from Learning Magazine, Best Product Award from Instructor Magazine, the Outstanding Curriculum Award from the National Association for Gifted Children, the Program of Excellence Award from the Middle States Council for the Social Studies, and the Program of Excellence Award from the New York State Council for the Social Studies.
Rachelle is Past President of the Board of Directors of the Association of Educational Publishers. She is a member of the Advancement Board for the College of Education at California State University, Fullerton. In 2008, Rachelle was honored to be one of California State University, Fullerton's 50 Prominent Alumni. In 2006, she received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the university's Vision & Visionaries Alumni Association. In 2004, she was awarded Contractor of the Year by the Community Rehabilitation Industry, Long Beach, California. Serving on the Ed Tech Committee and Manufacturers Council from 1998-2001, she received the Leadership and Distinguished Service Award by the National School Supply and Equipment Association.
Rachelle earned her B.A. degree in Psychology from California State University, Fullerton where she also received a Masters of Science in Elementary Curriculum and Instruction. She has two daughters who work alongside her at Teacher Created Materials, and five grandchildren.