I am a Rural Teacher

Rural teachers from across the country share ideas, stories, and best practices.

The "I am a Rural Teacher!" project supports:

  1. Teacher-to-Teacher Conversation.
    Teachers may join the public Facebook group called “I am a Rural Teacher!” Teachers share photos, stories, curriculum ideas, and teaching experiences. This social marketing effort strives to foster a sense of purpose amongst the rural education community.
  2. Building a Rural Teacher Narrative
    "I am a Rural Teacher!" narratives (see below) showcase the stories of rural teachers.
  3. Rural Teacher Recruitment Efforts.
    Our RTC Network and related efforts are committed to purposeful teacher recruitment strategies with an emphasis on social justice and inclusive community development.

Meet rural teachers and read their stories, below:

Allie Marques

Allie Marques is a Black Belt Teacher Corps member of the inaugural cohort at the University of West Alabama.

Rebecca Washington

Ms. Washington is a music teacher in rural southern Illinois. Her dedication has allowed the school music program to grow exponentially.

Dr. Nathan Hamblin

"There is a distinctiveness – richness – to the rural setting. As rural educator, when you make that connection, you are family."

Lara Strong

"I hope my students can understand the culture of the language they are learning, and learn how our ancestries are from all over the world."

Hannah Bryant

“I loved the curiosity of the kids...I loved being able to teach kids to discover new things. That was my inspiration to become a teacher."

Dr. Mykie Nash

“That’s the thing about rural schools, you have high need, but you also have people rooted in the community that want to support the kids,”

Jami McConnell

“I think that’s my favorite memory, just getting to be a part of these kids’ lives.”

Albert Bryant

When Albert Bryant found out he would be returning to his hometown as the high school math teacher, he knew he would see familiar faces.

McKenzie Moreland

“Growing up I used to play teacher all the time,” Moreland says. “I used to make my own handouts and make my brother fill them out."

Kelly Wardle

Being an educator is much more than a job to Kelly Wardle. Her students inspire her, make her laugh, challenge her, and give her purpose.

Ashlee Burger

Burger is a perfect example of what the OTC aims to achieve: a student who returns to give back to the community that raised her.