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.

Mississippi Teachers of the Year Share Why They Teach Rural

March 8, 2022

Three Teachers Shares Stories of Determination and Passion for Their Work

Teacher Profile

Brenda Epling

Brenda Epling, Grand Forks, ND

February 22, 2022

Teaching Through the Mask: Teacher Leadership During the Pandemic

Teacher Profile

Matt with his students in Bellevue BIG

Matt Jaeger - Bellevue, IA

February 11, 2022

On-site interview at innovative, student-led project-based learning site, Bellevue BIG


Panoche School

The Modern One-Room School - Amanda McCraw, Paicines, CA

January 19, 2022

Panoche Elementary School is a one room school house in San Benito County, California. Amanda McCraw is the sole employee, and this is her story.

Teacher Profile

Jan Mathews - Gridley, CA

December 28, 2021

Cultivating the Next Generation of Community Leaders


Emily Driscoll and Erica Zieren - Carmi, IL

December 9, 2021

Collaboration Makes a Teaching Team Greater than the Sum of its Parts

Teacher Profile

Why Teach Rural? NREA Rural Teacher Panel

November 18, 2021

Hear insights from three great rural educators and get access to the live panel!

Nature Nurtures Rural Schools - Andy Felt, Trinity County, CA

November 8, 2021

Teacher and administrator shares positive rural outlook

Place-Based Education, Teacher Profile

Fredrick Mugalula - Uganda

October 22, 2021

An international perspective on rural advantages and unique challenges

Teacher Profile, Podcast, Rural Educators Across Borders

Rural Educators Across Borders Pilot Event

October 18, 2021

Engaging discussions with educators from across the world!

Rural Educators Across Borders

Nick Foertsch and Emma Rage - North Dakota

September 10, 2021

Young educators share their passion for building genuine relationships with their students