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 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.

Jenny in her classroom

Jennifer Maras - Morris, MN

March 29, 2023

“Relationships will always prevail over shiny toys.”

Driftless Region, Teacher Profile, Teacher Feature: Minnesota

Joe Brewer - Cuba, IL

March 9, 2023

How Rural Identity is Intertwined with Rural History

Illinois, Teacher Profile, Teacher Feature: Illinois

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Clint Whitten - Blacksburg, VA

January 31, 2023

The intersection of queerness and rurality

Appalachia, Teacher Profile, Teacher Feature: Virginia

Crystal Stevenson - Elkader, IA

November 23, 2022

A second career in teaching can rewrite your life story

Iowa, Teacher Profile, Teacher Feature: Iowa

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, Teacher Feature: Arizona

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, Teacher Feature: Illinois

Jennifer Shealy Headshot

Jennifer Shealy - Greenville, AL

August 26, 2022

Teaching re-introduces an educator to her rural community

Teacher Profile, Teacher Feature: Alabama