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 works 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 and the Community Foundation of the Ozarks for the initial support to launch this effort.

Devon Barker-Hicks, Meadows Valley School, Idaho

March 10, 2020

ELA/History teacher supports community access for rural students

Teacher Profile, Teacher Feature: Idaho

Jason Johnson, Van Independent School District, Texas

March 5, 2020

Rural Schools Provide a "Can Do" Spirit! A Lesson from Northeast Texas

Teacher Profile, Teacher Feature: Texas

Ciara Willhite, Franklin High School, Franklin, IL

March 3, 2020

Illinois teacher expresses advantage of small class sizes, need for professional development

Teacher Profile, Teacher Feature: Illinois

Melissa Grandel, Fordland High School, Fordland, Missouri

February 18, 2020

Missouri's 2020 Teacher of the Year Shares Her "Rural Advantage!"

Teacher Profile, Teacher Feature: Missouri

Kathrina O'Connell, Lake Park Audubon Elementary, Minnesota

February 14, 2020

How Place-Based Learning Can Impact Students and Their Community

Teacher Profile, Teacher Feature: Minnesota

Jenny Handley, Williston, Florida

February 11, 2020

Lead ELL Teachers Will Benefit Students, Staff

Teacher Profile, Teacher Feature: Florida

Jill Underly, Blanchardville, Wisconsin

January 28, 2020

Give Rural Schools the Tools They Need to Thrive

Teacher Profile, Teacher Feature: Wisconsin

Kymberli Wregglesworth, Onaway, Michigan

January 13, 2020

The Need for Mental Health Professionals

Teacher Profile, Teacher Feature: Michigan

Revitalizing New Hampshire's Rural School Communities

January 10, 2020

The University of New Hampshire's innovative rural teacher development program is exemplary.

New England, Rural Teacher Corps