A PROJECT OF RURAL SCHOOLS COLLABORATIVE & NREA

Our Stories

The I Am a Rural Teacher campaign is committed to sharing voices and perspectives of rural teachers throughout the country. Elevating teacher advocacy is a primary objective of this national initiative, and the Rural Schools Collaborative will be working with the National Rural Education Association to share rural teachers' viewpoints with policymakers at the regional, state, and national levels.

Thank you to The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for supporting this effort.

Shawntasia Butler - Morehead, KY

December 15, 2022

Sprinkle Diversity Everywhere

Teacher Profile, Podcast

Crystal Stevenson - Elkader, IA

November 23, 2022

A second career in teaching can rewrite your life story

Iowa, Teacher Profile

Osbaldo Gonzalez - Nyssa, OR

November 17, 2022

Nurturing Hope, Resilience, and Community in Oregon’s Treasure Valley

Teacher Profile, Podcast

Maximillion Frommelt - Dodgeville, WI

October 13, 2022

Young educator inspires innovation at his rural school

Teacher Profile, Podcast

Mariah Garzee - Monmouth, IL

October 12, 2022

TARTANS Alum, Mariah Garzee is inspiring growth & change in her classroom

Christina Musselman - Lake Havasu City, AZ

September 27, 2022

How education comes full circle in rural places

Teacher Profile

Taylor Kilgore and Linda Hooper, podcast logo

Taylor Kilgore and Linda Hooper - Whitwell, TN

September 21, 2022

Rural community encourages deeper understanding through Paper Clips Project

Teacher Profile, Podcast

Vinnie clapping to the beat

Vinnie Rivera - McLeansboro, IL

August 31, 2022

Relationships are this band instructor’s leitmotif

Teacher Profile

Jennifer Shealy Headshot

Jennifer Shealy - Greenville, AL

August 26, 2022

Teaching re-introduces an educator to her rural community

Teacher Profile

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Lola Rubio Alberca - Spain

August 11, 2022

Discussion with a graduate from rural-focused teaching program in Spain

Teacher Profile, Podcast

Stacey with her students

Stacey Moser - Fields, OR

August 3, 2022

Teaching is the New Frontier for this Second-Career Educator

Teacher Profile

Robbin Askew Headshot, collage of photos from Utqiagvik

Robbin Perkins Askew - Atqasuk, AK

July 12, 2022

Longtime teacher finds renewed purpose in rural Alaska

Teacher Profile