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.

Kendall Smith, Willows, CA

October 22, 2020

Last Names and Street Names

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Nomination - Alena Anberg, Arbuckle, CA

October 16, 2020

Teacher puts in extra effort to get students online

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Nomination - Doug Fisher, Cavalier, ND

October 15, 2020

Engaging students with place-based education

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Kaitlyn McConnell, Bakersfield, MO

September 20, 2020

Going virtual without adequate internet access

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Jane Davis, Hershey, NE

September 15, 2020

Foreign language class goes online - to Spain and Peru too

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Malinda Pennington, Greenville, NC

September 3, 2020

Building positive school experiences through university collaboration

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Greg Cossette, Boise, ID

September 1, 2020

Teacher is inspired to teach online in other rural towns

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Kate Hatch, Holdrege, NE

August 31, 2020

"Battle of the Books" goes virtual to encourage students

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Marci Ostmeyer, Columbus, NE

August 28, 2020

ESU creates helpful resources for digital learning

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Jill Bartling, Dalton, NE

August 26, 2020

An inspiring letter from a 5th grade teacher to her students

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Shelly Gurney, Boise, ID

August 25, 2020

Passion, ingenuity, and familial bonds expand rural students' horizons

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